Have you been putting off getting a new social security card? Maybe you just lost it and immediately went into a scramble wondering what to do. Relax because these days, you don’t have to show one often at all. That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t want to replace it quickly. Don’t procrastinate, and don’t instantly think that you have to make a trip to the SSA office either.

There is a chance that you can take care of this entire process online. Your card will still be mailed to you, but that’s on the SSA office. Your part in the process could be handled using your mobile device, if you qualify. Qualification begins with whether or not your state is on the list. That’s right, currently there is a list of 18 states + 2 states with a small disclaimer.

If you live in one of those 18 states, you can apply for your replacement SS card with your driver’s license or state ID. If you live in the other two states, the small disclaimer is that you must us your driver’s license. Now, you may be wondering what it means by you must have one of those two forms of identification in order to apply online.

You’re not going to have to digitally send a copy of your license or ID. It’s about using the information that is on your license or ID, and so you just need it in hand as you get ready to apply. Congratulations if you cleared the first hurdle. In fact, for the most part, that’s your only hurdle. As long as you are applying for a replacement card with no changes, then you should be good to go.

If you have a name change in the works, then you’re going to have a visit to the SSA office in your near future. Simply replacing a lost social security card, however, isn’t going to cause you to have to visit the office, as long as your state is on the list. And the best part about it is, there is no charge for filling out the online application.

You might have expected that because there is no charge for getting a SS card in person either. Yet it sure does help to know that you aren’t charged for handling the process conveniently. And how convenient is it to never have to leave your house and still have your new SS card on the way? The entire process is going to be done in minutes, so let’s get to how you handle the application.

Since you’re learning about how to apply for a replacement card online, you probably don’t have a My Social Security account just yet. This account is one you register for online with the SSA. It’s totally safe because you’re dealing with the Social Security Administration, a government organization. You’re going to have an easy time registering for an account, and then after you get your confirmation email, you’re free to apply for your replacement card.

Is it really as simple as that? As mentioned, you do need your state ID or driver’s license. You do need to verify your identity, and you need to make sure you provide accurate information. The process is pretty simple though. Both steps, registering for an account and filling out the application, should take you about five minutes each. You can say that you would be done with your application much faster than you would if you were to drive over to the SSA office.

In fact, if you timed yourself, you would likely finish the online application before you made it to the SSA office. Just forget about that trip though, and instead, focus on the fact that the online application is the fastest and easiest way to get your replacement SS card. But how long is it going to take for you to have your card in hand?

That’s a good question. According to the SSA, no matter how you apply for your card, it is going to arrive in the mail within 10-14 business days. If you’ve ever waited for your driver’s license to show up, you may have realized that it arrived ahead of the estimated time. Well, the SSA office doesn’t seem to be in too much of a rush. Just let me put it that way.

You see, I have ordered a replacement social security card online. It was quick and convenient, and I was pleased with the process. Yet it did take about two weeks for my card to arrive. It’s just how it goes, and so you will have to wait. But the processing of your application and your card arriving in the mail is on the SSA. There is nothing else you’re required to do.

You get to skip providing documentation to the SSA in person, and you get to skip the entire visit. It’s rather nice to think that you can just fill out the application online, and your card will be on its way. It was mentioned that you will get a confirmation email when you register for a My Social Security account. You will also get a confirmation email after you submit the application for your replacement card.

That’s all she wrote once you see that confirmation email. It’s just a matter of them processing your application and sending your card on its way. That’s what you want to see, and you’re only minutes away from that outcome if you decide to get started with the online application.

Have you settled on how you wish to apply for your social security card? Have you checked the list of states? If you have, then smile because you don’t have to make that trip to the SSA office. If you thought you were going to have to do that, then this news is music to your ears. Why stop by the local SSA office and wait in line if you can avoid the trip and submit your application online?