I've misplaced my SS card. I'm not sure if it's an issue or not. Allow me to explain.
I received my SS card in the early 70s. It arrived staples to an instruction card, but there's a catch. The card I received was actually two cards with a perforation between the two. Both have my name and SSAN. Both cards are NOT identical in appearance. The instructions state to tear of the top card and keep it on you (WRONG) and to keep the bottom card secured in a safe place. I have the bottom card still stapled to the instructions. The bottom card says "for SS and tax purposes. Not an ID."
My question is instead of standing in a long line in a large metropolitan area of the country for a replacement, is the bottom card a valid SS card I can use when I'm ready to apply for benefits? I tried ordering a replacement from my MySocialSecurity account but it rejected my request.
Has anyone else who had received their SS card around the same time ('71 - '74) experience receiveing their card(s) in this manner?
I don't understand the reasoning for denying an online application because someone hasn't received a card recently. I've messaged and tweeted them and will reach out Tuesday. Maybe I can get some reasonable answers.
Bill, It is your name and SS # that is the most important and the correct / verifiable correlation between them.
This part of your post bothers me because you should be able to order a Replacement Card through your mySocial Security.gov account. You said: I tried ordering a replacement from my MySocialSecurity account but it rejected my request.
There are a few exceptions and prerequisites listed here which might be hanging your request for a replacement card.