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5 Ways SSA.gov Saves You Time

January 29, 2021 • By

Last Updated: July 19, 2021

5 Ways SSA.gov Saves You TimeOur online tools and services save you time and make your life easier. Often, there’s no need to contact us. Here are five of our webpages that can make your life easier:

1. With your own personal my Social Security account, you can request a replacement Social Security card, verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters.

2. Need answers to your Social Security-related questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

3. You can complete and submit your online application for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes.

4. Access our publications library with online booklets and pamphlets, including audio versions, on key subjects.

5. Check out our Disability Benefits page to learn about our disability program and apply online for disability benefits.

Please share these pages with your friends and family.


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Aida E.

    The local SS Office in Ponce, Puerto Rico is not open since March. I need a replacement card since I shredded the one I had following instructions to discard the previous one when I received generic one to be used henceforth. But all medical offices want the original one, not the generic! How can I get the regular one?

    • Vonda

      Hi Aida, thank you for your question. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for details on getting help with your Social Security number. We hope this helps!

  2. Mina D.

    I submitted petition name changed on September 2020, I got my card but no any of my original documents sent back to me. I kept calling but no one get back to me. I was considering my original docs lost, I submitted the replacement original petition but the waiting time is 11 months, now I can’t do anything, health care, register for school because I can’t change my name on my DL , DMV requires the original documents. It’s so desperated

    • Vonda

      Hi Mina, thanks for using our blog. Please call your local Social Security office. Look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  3. María R.

    Hola. Quisiera saber qué pasa. Ya que el cheque mensual de ayuda a mi hijo discapacitado nunca a faltado. El lunes día de tormenta. Perfecto no hubo correoso 2 de febrero. Pero ya estamos hablando. Que ya casi es día 5 y no tengo a llegado el cheque. Y toca pagar renta, que puedo hacer seguir esperando. O donde se extravió , o coo reportarlo. Que hago ?

  4. Marcia H.

    My brother passed away do I need to file 2020 taxes on his behalf?
    What about social security?
    He was 59

    • Vonda

      We are very sorry for your loss, Marcia. Typically, the funeral director notifies us of an individual’s passing by contacting the local Social Security office. To verify this information was reported, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information.

      Check out our Factsheet on How Social Security Can Help When a Family Member Dies.

  5. Suzanne H.

    I’m trying to figure out how to fill out the form to save my SSA can you guys please contact me at 313- 989 6125 my name is Suzanne Harris thank you

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  7. Margaret

    I cannot believe how Social Security agents can give wrong information. A relative who is on SSI called the Social Security Administration to find out how long he had to spend down the $600 stimulus check he received January 2021. He was told that he had to spend it down the month he received it (January 2021); otherwise, it would count as resources beginning February 2021. So he spent the whole payment down, even though he didn’t need to or want to.

    Fast forward a couple of weeks later and he and I find out from another source that blogs on SSI that he would have been able to spend down the $600 over the next 12 months instead of rushing to spend it down in January.

    The Social Security Administration really needs to either train their employees better or be careful who they are hiring. Recipients are receiving wrong information and if the Social Security Administration can’t give them accurate answers, who should recipients turn to?

  8. John L.

    Social Security saves us time by letting Congress borrow our funds and never returning it. Congress are not in Social Security because they don’t want to steal their own money.

    • Sue

      Thanks for reading our blog and for your comment, John. In fact, all members of Congress, the President and Vice President, Federal judges, and most political appointees have been covered under the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else. To learn more, check out Q5 at our Social Security History webpage. We hope this is helpful.

  9. Roxane H.

    Everyone is saying my husband and I should be able to get our Social security raised. We could sure use a bigger check each. month. If this is possible pleaeelet me know HOWto do this.

    • Vonda

      For your security, Roxanne, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  10. Maria M.

    How to make appointment at local Louisville Office?

    • Vonda

      Hi Maria, thanks for using our blog. Please check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for details on getting help with Social Security issues. Generally, we will schedule an in-person appointment in dire need situations. You can call your local office to see if an in-office appointment is necessary and possible. To contact the local office, please look for the local office telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator under “Social Security Office Information” for the office you select. The toll-free “Office” number is your local office.

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