Replace Your Green Card | USCIS (2024)

When to Replace Your Green Card

Lawful Permanent Residents

If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must replace your Green Card if:

  • Your Green Card is either expired or will expire within the next six months;
  • Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
  • You received your card before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday (unless your card expires before your 16th birthday);
  • You have been a commuter and are now taking up actual residence in the United States;
  • You have been a permanent resident residing in the United States and are now taking up commuter status;
  • Your status has been automatically converted to permanent resident status (this includes special agricultural worker applicants whoconverted to permanent resident status);
  • You have a previous version of the alien registration card (for example, USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151, which are no longer valid to prove your immigration status) and must replace it with a current Green Card;
  • Your card contains incorrect information;
  • You have legally changed your name or other biographic information on the card since you last received your card; or
  • You never received the previous card we issued to you.

Conditional Permanent Residents

If you are a conditional permanent resident, you must replace your Green Card if:

  • Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
  • Your card contains incorrect information;
  • You have legally changed your name or other biographic information on the card since you last received your card; or
  • You never received the previous card we issued to you.

How to Replace Your Green Card

If you are a lawful permanent resident or conditional permanent resident and need to replace your Green Card based on the reasons in the When to Replace Your Green Card section, you maybegin theapplication processfor a replacement Green Card by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, online or by mail. When youfileonline, you can:

  • Apply using a computer, phone, or tablet;
  • See when we receive your application;
  • Receiveonlineupdates on your case; and
  • Communicate with us directly.

If we approve your application, we will mail you a new Green Card.

If you are applying to renew your Green Card, your Form I-90 receipt notice can be used with your expired Green Card as evidence of your lawful permanent resident status and will say the following:

This notice, together with your Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (also known as the Green Card), provides evidence of your lawful permanent resident status for 24 months from the expiration date on your Permanent Resident Card. You remain authorized to work and travel. This notice, presented with your expired Permanent Resident Card, is evidence of your status and work authorization.

If you no longer have your Permanent Resident Card and you need evidence of your lawful permanent resident status while waiting to receive your replacement Card, we may issue you an Alien Documentation, Identification & Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp after you file this form.

If we determine you must submit biometrics, we will mail you a biometrics appointment notice with the time and place of your appointment.

This notice does NOT serve as notification of your biometrics appointment.

If you need help obtaining an ADIT stamp, have questions, or need to update your personal information listed above, please visit the USCIS Contact Center webpage at uscis.gov/contactcenter to connect with a live USCIS representative in English or Spanish. If your mailing address changes while your case is pending, please update it through your USCIS Online Account, if you have one.

If you have questions about presenting this notice with your expired Permanent Resident Card for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, please call 888-897-7781. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please call 877-875-6028.

We will notify you separately about any other application, petition, or request you may have filed with us.

If USCIS already accepted your application to renew your Green Card and you have not yet been issued a biometric services appointment notice, USCIS will mail you a new receipt notice to use with your expired Green Card as temporary evidence of your lawful permanent resident status. As of Sept. 26, if you have a pending Form I-90, USCIS will print an amended receipt notice before your initial 12-month validity extension on your Green Card expires (read more here: USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals).

If you are outside the United States and your Green Card will expire within six months (but you will return within one year of your departure from the United States and before the card expires), you should file Form I-90 as soon as you return to the United States.

If you are a conditional permanent resident and your Green Card is expiring, you must submitForm I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence, to apply to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status. For more information, see ourConditional Permanent Residencewebpage.

How to Check the Status of Your Application

You maycheck your case status online. Please wait 72 hours after you filed your Form I-90 to check your case status. If you have immigration-related questions, you may call theUSCIS Contact Centerat800-375-5283. (For people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability: TTY 800-767-1833.)You should be prepared to provide the USCIS representative with specific information about your application, such as your name, date of birth, receipt number, and Alien Registration Number (A-Number).

How to Appeal If We Deny Your Application

If we deny your application, we will send you a letter explaining why. You cannot appeal a denial. However, you may submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider to the same office that made the unfavorable decision. Doing this allows you to ask the office to reexamine or reconsider its decision.

A motion to reopen must:

  • State the new facts you would provide if we reopen your case; and
  • Include appropriate evidence.

A motion to reconsider must show:

  • We incorrectly applied immigration law or policy when denying your application; and
  • Our decision was incorrect based on the evidence in your file.

For more information, see ourAppeals and Motionswebpage.

Getting Help

If you need advice, see ourFinding Legal Services webpage. You may also visit the DOJ Recognition and Accreditation pagefor a list of organizations that may be able to help you prepare your application.

Versions of Green Cards That Are No Longer Valid

If you have a previous version of the noncitizen registration card (for example, USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151), you must replace it with a current Green Card.

What the Law Says

Section 264 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states, “Every alien in the United States . . . shall be issued a certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt card in such form and manner and at such time as shall be prescribed under regulations . . .”

It also says, “Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him . . .. Any alien who fails to comply with [these provisions] shall be guilty of a misdemeanor...”

The specific requirements and procedures for applying to replace a Green Card are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 8 CFR section 264.5.

Related Links

Forms

  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
  • Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions

Other USCIS Links

  • Green Card Resources
  • “How Do I” Guides for Permanent Residents
  • Appealing the Denial of My Petition or Application
  • Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (PDF, 3.57 MB)
  • Path to U.S. Citizenship
  • How Do I Renew or Replace my Green Card? (PDF, 550.19 KB)

Tools

  • How to ChangeYourAddress
  • Find a USCIS Office
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