If at all possible, apply for a duplicate social security card with your social worker six months prior to release. If for some reason this is not possible or your application has been denied, you will need to visit your closest Social Security Office to apply at:
If you choose to visit your local office to apply you will need to fill out the application at the office. You will need to show proof of identification. Prison release papers count as proof of identification. Also, use your NJDOC Temporary ID card.
To save time you can download the application online (www.ssa.gov/replace_sscard.html).