If you are getting a social security card for the first time, you don’t have to do much. If it is for a baby, the social security administration will automatically send it when they are notified by the hospital of the birth of the baby. If you are a new resident to the United States, you will fill out the necessary paperwork and then it will be mailed to you. If you need a replacement, you need to contact your local social security administration and they will give you the paperwork for the replacement card. Once you complete it, a new card will be issued to you.