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As a Medicare beneficiary, your Medicare card is one of the most important pieces of identification you own and should be guarded carefully. It is proof that you have Medicare and is usually needed to receive Medicare-covered health services. If you need to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged Medicare card, applying for a new Medicare card is simple.
If you need a replacement Medicare card, you can apply through Social Security as described below.
Applying online through the Social Security website is the easiest and fastest way to request a new Medicare card. You may be asked to provide the following:
You may also be asked to provide information to verify your identity, such as your place of birth or your mother’s maiden name. The Social Security website relies on encrypted data to ensure that beneficiary information transmitted online is kept confidential. For security reasons, there is a 30 minute time limit to complete each page on the online application. After 30 minutes, you will be prompted by the website and can request more time to finish if needed.
If you are outside of the United States and need to request a replacement Medicare card, you can reach Social Security in the above ways or contact the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy. Click here to find information on foreign country services in the area you’re staying. If you are in the Philippines, you may contact the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO).
Your replacement Medicare card should be mailed to the address on file in roughly 30 days. Make sure that Social Security has your most current mailing address. If you have moved recently, you’ll need to update your address before Social Security can send you a new card.
If you need a replacement Medicare card immediately to receive health services and cannot wait 30 days, you may also request a temporary letter as proof of Medicare entitlement. Visit your local Social Security office to make an in-person request for this letter, which should arrive in about 10 days.
eHealth's Medicare website is operated by eHealthInsurance Services, Inc., a licensed health insurance agency doing business as eHealth. The purpose of this site is the solicitation of insurance. Contact may be made by an insurance agent/producer or insurance company. eHealth and Medicare supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. We offer plans from a number of insurance companies.