Replacing your Medicare card can be a hassle, but it’s an important card to have handy. If you need a replacement Medicare card, you can request it in one of three different ways.
What Is My Medicare Card?
Your Medicare Card is your proof of insurance, and is necessary if you need to go to the hospital, doctor, or in a medical emergency. It also lists information such as your Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B start dates, which you need to know if you apply for Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage coverage.
How Do I Get a Replacement Medicare Card?
Life happens. If your Medicare card gets damaged, lost, or stolen, don’t worry. While it may be inconvenient, your card is replaceable. There are three main ways to request a replacement Medicare card:
- Request a new card online
- Call the Medicare office
- Go in-person to your local Social Security office
Your new card will be mailed to you, so whichever method you choose, confirm that they have your correct address. This is especially important if you’ve moved, and haven’t reported this change to Social Security yet.
How Do I Get a New Medicare Card Online?
To request a new Medicare card online, go to the Social Security website at www.ssa.gov. You must have an account to ask for a new card, so if you don’t already have one, you’ll need to sign up. You don’t need to receive Social Security benefits in order to make an account, and registering is simple.
Follow these steps to complete your request online:
- Sign in
- Find the “Replace Documents” option
- Select the option that allows you to replace your Medicare Card
How Do I Request a New Medicare Card Over the Phone?
You can request a new Medicare card by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 any weekday (Monday – Friday) from 7 am to 7 pm. Once you’re connected to a specialist, let them know that you’re looking to get a replacement Medicare card.
How Do I Get a New Medicare Card in Person?
You can drive to your local Social Security office and request a replacement Medicare card while there. If you’d like a letter to use as temporary proof of insurance, they’ll be able to provide you with one. You can use this tool from the Social Security website to find the closest office in your area.
When Will I Receive My New Medicare Card?
Once you’ve completed your request, your new Medicare card will be physically mailed to the address that Social Security has on file for you. You can expect to receive your card within 30 days.
When you get your new card in the mail, you can continue using it as before. Unlike Social Security cards, you can laminate your Medicare card if you’d like to give it an extra layer of protection.
Nothing on this website should ever be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition, including decisions about the correct medication for your condition, as well as prior to undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.