Social security cards are required for many reasons. They may be necessary to open bank accounts, apply for a credit card or driver's license and for school applications.

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Steps to Apply for a Social Security Card

1. Locate the Social Security Office in your area online at www.ssa.gov/careers/locations.html? or by calling the national helpline at 1-800-772--1213. 2. Pick up an application at the Security Office or print one at http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf. 3. Take your application in person to the local Social Security Office. You will need to bring documents that establish your legal immigration status in the US, your age and your identity. Review the form instructions for documents that will be needed. The documents must be originals, or certified copies of originals documents.

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After you Submit Your Social Security Application

It may take a few weeks before you receive your social security card int he mail. Make sure that you have provided your correct address on the social security card application.