Social Security

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:

Social Security Administration

635 S. Clinton Ave., 2nd floor
Trenton, NJ 08611
Office hours
Monday- Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
Phone numbers:
Toll Free 1(800) 772-1213 • TTY – 1(800) 325-0778

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 (