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A Galaxy at Your Fingertips, Not Far Far Away

June 27, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: November 6, 2023

Distant galaxy

This past winter, Americans of all generations awakened to the newest film in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many readers probably remember seeing the first Star Wars film in theaters in 1977. The advanced technology used by the Jedi and Sith in a galaxy far, far away seemed light years away.

While we still don’t have interstellar travel, personal robots, or holographic communication, we now use technology like the Internet and smart phones that would have seemed straight out of science fiction in 1977.

Social Security wants you to experience an awakening when you use our online services. We continually expand our online services to reflect changing customer needs, and to provide you with world-class service. Our online services are convenient, secure, and allow you to conduct much of your business with us from the comfort of your own home, office, or starship.

For instance, you can use our website to apply for retirement, spouses, or disability benefits online. You can also apply for Medicare and Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs on our website, and use our online benefit planners to help you calculate your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.

You can open a free personal online my Social Security account where you can keep track of your annual earnings and verify them. You can also get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working. If you currently receive benefits, you can use your account to manage your benefits, get a letter with proof of your benefits, or request a Medicare card replacement. In some areas, you can even use your account to request a replacement Social Security card.

“The force is calling to you. Just let it in.” Today, check out our online services and join the millions of other Americans who reach out and touch the stars. Learn more at

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications


  1. tony

    The future bring more sophisticated fraudsters who prey on the social security disability system. Just imagine a ring leader like the one in New York who can orchestrate a massive fraud. It is quit easy to make a fake ID cards. They will pay a disabled individual to secure medical records for other people in their name using the fake ID card. The disabled person would also go to the CE exam requested by the SSA using the fake ID card. It is just a matter of time before someone does it. There is a lot of money to be made.

    • Ray F.

      We thank you for your comment Tony. We take allegations of fraud very seriously. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it.

  2. tammy

    Funny how my post rarely get a response from Social Security personel. If they do reply to my post, they usually just spout out the usual talking points, rules and typical excuses for their decisions. The Socialist Security system uses rules (enacted by some bureaucrat) that justifies their personal hatrid, bias and prejudice against physically disabled persons (disabled adult child- disabled before age 22 or who were born with a disability like me) who MARRIES an able bodied person.

    Even if you are disabled (like me) the Socialist Security system will deny you benefits, because of special “rules” they have on the books. These “Rules” have been put in place to help the Socialsit Security system, justify their actions of discriminating against married people.

    Even if you are legitimately 100 percent physically disabled, The Socialsit Security administration does NOT CARE! ” The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

    The Socialist Security System may find that one is completely and totally disabled, but as soon as you marry an “able bodied person”, somehow they miraculously cure you, of your disability.

    All of a sudden, you are not physically disabled anymore and not eligible for any benefits from these socialist. HOW DOES BEING MARRIED MAKE SOMEONE ANY LESS DISABLED?
    answer- IT DOES NOT. it’s just an idiotic rule that some bureaucrat (who has a personal hatrid of marriage and married people) came up with, to legitimize their prejudice and discriminatory practices.

    • Collyn

      Perhaps you should move to a Socialist country that provides benefits to all persons, not just those who have had earned income. Hmmmm?

  3. Tshimangadzo n.

    I am really interested and so excited about having my own social security number with you,help me getting successful in this matter .

  4. Talakkottur R.

    While many of he services are provided to on line customers, US citizens living abroad cannot access the sites to make independent determination. Why US citizens living or working abroad cannot access the SSA sites and what changes are being made to make it available to all US citizens and aliens living/or working abroad.


    Talakkottur R. David

    Also why the SSA cannot provide the US. citizens with their earned income details for the past years when employers are refusing to provide the same to claimants who are litigating issues affecting their SSA and ERISA benefits.

    • Ray F.

      The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. We are constantly continuing to explore ways on how we can further improve the services we offer, and we appreciate your feedback!
      Also, we currently mail “Statements” to workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and older three months prior to their birthday if they don’t receive Social Security benefits and don’t have a my Social Security account. Workers who do not want to wait for their scheduled mailing can request their Social Security Statement. If you work and reside out of the country, please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate or visit our Office of International Operations home page for assistance. We hope this information helps.

  5. Nelda M.

    That’s all I have to say!

  6. Nelda M.

    I retired from the federal government in 1998. Because I worked for the gov. president Jimmy Carter
    took 2/3rd’s of my society security away from me. Is this still the rule?

    • Marti

      Maybe someone from SS will be monitoring and respond to you. But for now, I just wanted to say that I worked as civilian for DA for 15 yrs. There were some very industrious triple dippers during my tenure. They were 20 yrs military retired, 20 yrs civilian for DA, then working on 20 yrs as a civilian contractor. Don’t know if they succeeded as a triple dipper before retirement rules were changed or not. I think the way it is determined now is that your SS retirement might be reduced by any other retirement pay that you are drawing. Like I suggested, maybe someone from SS will comment to you. Have a nice retirement!

    • Ray F.

      Yes Nelda, a pension based on work that is not covered by Social Security (for example, Federal civil service and some State or local government agencies) may cause the amount of your Social Security benefit to be reduced. Your own Social Security benefit can be reduced based on the Windfall Elimination Provision.

  7. David P.

    I have found your website, setting up an account, and applying for benefits to be very clear and easy to use. Thank you. It would be great if the rest of the government, the state of RI, etc. would follow your lead.

    • Ray F.

      We appreciate your thoughts David. Thanks for your comment!

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  9. Lee

    Good information. Thanks for the update.

  10. Guadalupe S.

    Great idea! should have had this website and services available to the public years ago!

    • John O.

      It was.

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