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January 8, 2013 > Social Security Q&A

Social Security Q&A

By Mariaelena Lemus, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in San Jose

Question:
I applied for my child's Social Security card in the hospital but have not received it. How long must I wait?

Answer:
On average, it takes about 4-5 weeks from the time you apply in the hospital until you receive your child's Social Security card in the mail. However, it can vary depending on the State where you live. If you have not received your child's card within six weeks, please visit your local Social Security office. Be sure to take with you proof of your child's citizenship, age and identity as well as proof of your own identity. And remember, we cannot divulge your child's Social Security number over the phone.

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