Proof of Social Security Number

You must present your Social Security card when applying for a REAL ID. Your card must be original.

The name on your Social Security card MUST MATCH the name on your proof of identity document.

If you can’t find your Social Security card, you can get a replacement card from the Social Security Administration at no cost, and you may qualify to order a replacement card online. Visit the Social Security Administration’s website for details and information on obtaining a replacement card. If you need to visit a Social Security office to obtain a replacement card, use this tool to find the location nearest you.

If you do not have a social security number, you must provide an original copy of your SSA ineligibility letter.

The social security card was created in 1936, and there are over 50 different versions all of which are valid.

  • Unlike birth certificates Social Security cards do not vary by jurisdiction
  • COLUMNS –Certified Social Security cards have COLUMNS
  • Certified Social Security cards have a SEAL
  • Social Security cards can be signed or unsigned for REAL ID verification
  • Social Security cards can be laminated or non-laminated for REAL ID verification

Example of Acceptable Social Security card: