Losing an important document, like a Social Security card, can sometimes be a hassle. But because we have the ability to verify state-issued identification, such as driver’s licenses, in South Carolina, you can request a replacement Social Security card online. Our new online version of the Application for a Replacement Social Security Card can make getting a replacement easy and stress free. It allows people to apply for a replacement card through our secure my Social Security portal without traveling to a field office or card center as long as you’re not requesting a name change or any other change to your card.
Congress approved the requirement for REAL ID cards in 2005 to provide enhanced security standards for state driver’s licenses recommended by the 9/11 Commission. States across the country will be converting to the REAL ID standard between now and 2020.
The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles requires one of the following for proof of Social Security Number (SSN): SSA-1099, W-2 form, recent paystub with full SSN or a Social Security card for you to get a driver’s license or identification card. Luckily, replacing a lost or stolen Social Security card in South Carolina is easy.
To get started, you’ll need to create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
When you open a my Social Security account, we protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity. Your security and protection is what matters most. Once you have a personal account, simply access your account, go to “Social Security Card Replacement,” and follow the instructions to replace your Social Security card. It’s safe, convenient, and secure.
Tony D. Williams is the Social Security public affairs specialist in South Carolina.