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How do I update or correct the name on my Social Security card?
To update or correct the name on your Social Security card:
Complete an Application for A Social Security Card (Form SS-5), available at www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf; Show us original documents proving your legal name change, identity and U.S. citizenship (if you have not already established your citizenship with us), or immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen; and
Take or mail your completed application and original documents to www.secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp. Note that we must see originals and cannot use photocopies. We will return any original document you mail to us. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov.
How do I report a lost Social Security card?
You do not have to report a lost Social Security card. In fact, reporting a lost or stolen card to Social Security will not prevent misuse of your Social Security number. You should let us know if someone is using your number to work (call 1-800-772-1213; TTY 1-800-325-0778).
If you think someone is using your number, there are several other actions you should take:
Contact the Federal Trade Commission online at www.ftc.gov/bcdp/edu/microsites/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338);
File an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov;
Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit by calling 1-800-908-4490, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and
Monitor your credit report.