Social Security

Authored By: Legal Services Alabama


What if I did not get my latest Social Security or SSI benefits?

  • If you live in a disaster area, ask your local post office if it has your check.
  • If your check is lost, call 1-800-772-1213 or go to your local Social Security District Office.
  • You may also be able to talk with someone from Social Security at a Disaster Recover Center (DRC).

What should I do if I lost my Social Security card?

  • You need to visit a Social Security office or complete the Form SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card. The online form in available in English and Spanish.
  • Social Security will want evidence of your identity.
  • If you were born outside of the United States, you must show proof of your U.S. Citizenship or current lawful immigration status.

How can I provide "evidence of identity"?

You can show one of the following:

  • U.S. driver's license
  • U.S. State-issued non-driver identity card
  • U.S. Passport
  • a Military ID card
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Employee identity card
  • Certified copy of medical record (clinic, doctor or hospital)
  • Health insurance card
  • Medicaid card
  • School identity card or record

For young children, Social Security may accept medical records maintained by a medical provider. Social Security may also accept a final adoption decree, or school identity card or other school record maintained by the school.

How can I locate a Social Security office where I live?

Click here to visit the Social Security Administration Office Locator.

Reviewed May 2014 offers legal information, not legal advice. This website provides information on your rights and options. However, the site does not apply the law to your personal facts. For legal advice, you should call a lawyer. To apply for free legal services in Alabama, call the Legal Services Alabama office that is closest to where you live OR call toll-free 1-866-456-4995. You can also apply online HERE.

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Last Review and Update: May 14, 2014
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