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Access My Social Security From Your Home

July 9, 2020 • By

Last Updated: September 29, 2021

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 and compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits.
  • Check the status of your Social Security application.
  • Review your work history.
  • 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.
  • 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 personal my Social Security account today.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner



    My exact full name on my SS card is SCOTT-THANH DUC NGO. I could not create My Social Security account online because the portal did not accept my first name as is on my SS card. What am I supposed to do to create my account since I live aboard.
    Thank you for your help.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Scott, thank you for your question. At this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or access your online account. 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 recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

  2. Dannie R.

    I need to be able to access my account

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Dannie, thanks for using our blog. We are sorry that you are having trouble creating a my Social Security account. If you are locked out, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) 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. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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  4. Arlinda R.

    This website is difficult to navigate. I have clicked on so many options, but none are allowing me to actually check my social security benefit. I need to know exactly when I can retire. I am 65 and will be 66 on Jan 22,2021. When am I eligible to retire? I know it’s 66 and 2 months.
    Does that mean I can retire March 1 or April 1?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Arlinda, thanks for using our blog. You can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. Monthly benefits are reduced if you start them any time before your “full retirement age”. Your full retirement age depends on your date of birth. It may be between age 66 and 67. This could affect the amount of your benefits and when you want the benefits to start.

      We are often asked, “What’s the best age to start receiving retirement benefits?” The answer is that there’s not a single “best age” for everyone and, ultimately, it’s your choice. The most important thing is to make an informed decision. Base your decision about when to apply for benefits on your individual and family circumstances.

      As an individual, you have four basic choices when it comes to work and retirement. Consider the four options laid out in our benefit matrix to help you make the best decision for you.

      Our system is set up to take applications four months in advance, and when you’re ready, you can apply for your benefits online.

      The Benefits Planner: Retirement provides detailed information about Social Security retirement benefits.

  5. Lee G.

    Need help

  6. Rohan S.

    Go to for more such articles.

  7. Edward R.

    Ms. Bogle,
    I have tried numerous times to access the site the receive a letter of Verification for my brother, Edward W. Walsh, SS# XXXXXXXXX. He lost all of his identification and I need to take him out to DMV to get another ID card. Could you please help me?
    Thank you,
    Barbara Crosby

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Edward, thank you for your question. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to apply for a replacement Social Security card. If your brother is unable to apply online and he does not want to mail in documents, which will be returned, he may need to wait for the offices to reopen. He can also call his local office and see if they will mail him an SSN printout instead of a replacement Social Security card. We are unable to process replacement Social Security card requests by phone at this time. Use our Social Security Office Locator to find his local office address. We hope this helps.

  8. Martha F.

    I am not sure if I have an online account. Am 61 and want to start collecting next year. I hope no one is using this unlawfully!

  9. Tamara R.

    What this big payout through social Security?? Or these people that are recieving these big payouts committing Froud??

  10. James R.

    I need to know my SS security benefits!

    • Vonda V.

      Hi James, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to get a Social Security Statement which includes benefit estimates based on your work record.

      If you’re seeking a Social Security retirement estimate, another option is the online Retirement Estimator that provides immediate retirement benefit estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record. Plus, it allows you to create “what if” scenarios. You can, for example, change your “stop work” dates or expected future earnings to create and compare different retirement alternatives. We hope this helps!

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