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SSN card not needed to file for benefits, but can easily be replaced

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Q: Will I need my Social Security number (SSN) card when filing for benefits? I lost mine long ago.

A: You will not need your SSN card but do expect the SSA representative to verify your identity. A SSN card is not identification. Replacing your card is easy and free. Required documents vary depending on whether a person is a U.S. citizen, work authorized legal alien or if a name change is involved so read the instructions carefully.

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