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10 Handy Ways to Use Social Security Online

December 7, 2017 • By

Last Updated: July 29, 2021

man at desk on laptopThere are many easy ways to use our website. Here are some common and not-so common uses:

Apply for Social Security benefits online, of course! This is the fastest, most convenient way to apply for retirement, spouses, disability, or Medicare benefits, without visiting a local office or calling to speak to a representative.

Want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and sound guidance? You’ve come to the right place – our blog, Social Security Matters. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where you can watch our popular videos.

Verify your annual earnings and review estimates of your future Social Security benefits when you access your Social Security Statement, one of the many services available with a my Social Security  account.

Numbers can tell a story. Our online calculators such as the Retirement Estimator, the Life Expectancy Calculator, and the Early or Late Retirement Calculator, can be found on our calculators page.

Lost or missing Social Security card? Find out how to get a new, replacement, or corrected card. In fact, you may be able to apply for a replacement card with a my Social Security  account, if you meet certain qualifications.

Noah, Emma, Liam, Olivia…are these the most popular baby names for 2016 in the U.S. or in your state? Discover the trends in baby names, or take our online quiz to help you pick the ideal name.

Do you have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits? How do I apply for Social Security retirement benefits? What is your full retirement age? Discover the answers to your Social Security related questions at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Dream of moving to London, Paris, or the Cayman Islands? Learn how Social Security makes international payments and how you can do business with us from around the world.

Are you a veteran? Are you at mid-career? Or maybe you’re new to the workforce. Find out how we fulfill your needs throughout life’s journey on our People Like Me page.

If you like to read and prefer to know all the details, our publications webpage is a library of helpful information.

Simple, easy to use, beneficial, and always here to help you secure today and tomorrow, visit us today.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Judy Richardson

    I will be 62 Dec. 28, 2019. I am on SS disability and I would like to know if I am entitled to any spousal benefits?

    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi, Judy. Thank you for your question. To qualify for spouse’s benefits, your husband must be receiving retirement or disability benefits. Also, when you qualify for Social Security benefits on your own record, we pay that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse, you’ll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. Visit our Retirement Planner: Benefits For You As A Spouse for more information. For specific questions, please call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  2. shirley yoshioka

    I seemed to have lost my 2018, 1099 form I received from. Where and how can I get duplicate copies?

  3. Judyann Duston

    My SS check has been lowered approx. five years ago,I was never informed as to the reasons why. My SS no. is *** – ** – *** Prices have gone up sky high but instead of an increase I got a decrease in pay.I am on a special diet due to toxins and cannot afford any of the things I need medically.Please assist me ASAP. Thank you.

    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Thank you for contacting us, Judyann. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your benefit amount, you will need to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  4. Louis Rotundo

    There is nothing telling you how to find out what is going on with your application. For example, I was approved for benefits way back in September. I was supposed to begin receiving benefits the first week in November but there is no information about the process, etc. And you simply can’t reach a representative online or by phone. You used to be able to leave a callback number if the waiting list was too long. Apparently that is no longer an option.

  5. Angela Carr Smith

    My 28 year old son has been on SSI since he was is 6th grader. After suffering a severe stroke 2007 he is still recovering at home . Since he’s been totally disabled over half his life but completely these past 11 years, is he eligible for Medicare since it’s been over 24 months he’s been ill?

    • Vonda VanTil

      Angela, thank you for your question. SSI recipients are eligible for Medicaid and Social Security disability beneficiaries qualify for Medicare after receiving benefits for 2 years.

      If your son was disabled before the age of 22, he may be eligible for child’s benefits if he has a parent that’s deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. We consider this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.

      The “adult child”—including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild—must be unmarried, age 18 or older, have a disability that started before age 22, and meet the definition of disability for adults.

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  10. Darleen Chapman

    I would like to get off disability, do I need to get a medical review first? I filled out forms ssa-455 but not sure how to send them to you online.

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