The nine digits that make up your social security number are important numbers. If you don’t already have a social security number, you are required to have one when you start your first job.
Other reasons you need a social security card:
- Open a bank account
- File taxes
- Complete housing and college applications
Go to the Social Security website for the information and documents needed to get a social security number and card.
Do I have a social security card?
Ask your case worker. Your case worker is required to provide you with your social security card when you exit care.
Make sure to keep your card in a safe place with all other important papers. Do not carry it with you unless you need to show it to an employer or service provider.
I lost my social security card
You can replace your social security card for free. Never provide personal information to a website or agency if they are charging you. Go to the Social Security website for more information on lost or stolen cards.