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Access My Social Security From Your Home

July 9, 2020 • By

With so many services available online through my Social Security, signing up for a secure account will help you conduct Social Security business from home.

With your personal my Social Security account, you can:


  • Estimate your future benefits with our Retirement Calculator to compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits;
  • Check the status of your Social Security application;
  • Review your work history; and
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most States).

If you already receive benefits, you can also:

  • Get a benefit verification or proof of income letter;
  • Set up or change your direct deposit;
  • Change your address;
  • Request a replacement Medicare card; and
  • Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).

You can even use your personal my Social Security account to opt out of receiving certain notices by mail, such as the annual cost-of-living adjustments and the income-related monthly adjustment amount notice.  Instead, through the Message Center you can receive secure, sensitive communications.

Let your friends and family know that they can create a my Social Security account today.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


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  1. Laura William

    Her first and closing names have been spelled incorrectly on the letter, but her address changed into correct. She did NOT location any calls to SSA and does not need this info.

  2. Cynthia Shelton

    I have identity theft and fraud and u should not allow this u should look into it

  3. Ruth A Weekley

    I need to update my banking info for my benefits

    • Vonda

      Hi Ruth, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to sign up or change your direct deposit. We hope this is helpful!

  4. Kevin Vann

    I can’t get online or even create an account to access My Social Security

  5. Joyce Allen

    I can’t get into my account online. I tried to get new password but when I try to put in my info says it can’t verify.

    • Vonda

      Hi Joyce, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on what you can do if you’re having difficulties with your my Social Security account. We hope this helps!

      • Richard Gillogly


        You keep referring inquiries to non-existent website locations to include non-existent tabs on your website.

  6. estela galvan

    how do i change my retirement date i need to extend 2 more months i set my retirement for january 1 but i need to extend to march 1
    i call many times but no luck is this possible or do i have to keep my official day please help me thank you.

    • Vonda

      Hi Estela, thanks for using our blog. 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.

  7. Charlotte Crum

    I have tried a million times to set up my account & it’s impossible to do because of the verification part. I checked to furnish drivers lic & entered info from my DL but then it asks me to do the next option also of entering last 8 digits of credit card or benefit amt etc..I DO NOT HAVE CREDIT CARD since debit card don’t work that’s all I have so went back to check answer financial questions which ask about paying off a mortgage in 2015 I’ve never paid off mortgage so checked none of the above on question. It said I didn’t answer correctly & also required to enter credit card number with that option. So there is NO WAY I can ever set my acct up without having a credit card PERIOD?! What happens when you’re answering the credit report questions and can’t answer them cause they either don’t pertain to me or I have no idea what company I might have gotten a credit card through several years ago? Also I have divorced & remarried 3 times and my name wasn’t on any credit cards but feel like possibly I was included on ex husbands card but never had access to card or info so I can’t answer those questions? So frustrating that it is so complicated & hard to set up account there’s no place tells you what you can do if you have no credit card or why you can’t send drivers license for verification you still have to enter the other option no matter what and there is no way around having to use credit card or tax records (I haven’t had to or filed taxes in years) how do I set an account up when it’s impossible to have only one way to set up & I don’t have any of that documentation or cards? I’ve worked on this for over 3 hrs watched videos & read blogs, questions & answers!?

  8. Linda Montelongo

    I lived with my ex and had two grown-up children.we never married .and I don’t know he’s social security number


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