The best way to guard your Social Security card is to keep it in a safe place and share it only when required. In fact, in most cases, just knowing the Social Security number should be enough. In 49 states and the District of Columbia, a Social Security card isn’t required to request a Real ID. Only Pennsylvania requires it.
Also, be careful about sharing your number. Always ask why your number is needed, how it will be used and what will happen if you refuse. Don’t carry documents that display your number.
If you need a replacement Social Security card, request one through your account. If you live in one of 46 participating states or the District of Columbia, and are requesting a replacement card with no changes, like a name change, use our free online service at ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html.
Visit “Social Security Number and Card” at ssa.gov/ssnumber to learn more.
For more information, read “How You Can Help Us Protect Your Social Security Number and Keep Your Information Safe,” at ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10220.pdf.
Social Security’s Guard Your Card infographic at ssa.gov/ssnumber/assets/EN-05-10553.pdf will also help you understand whether or not you need to show your card.
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