Advance Designation: Choose a Representative Payee for Social Security to Consider Before You May Need One

The future can be uncertain. However, Social Security’s Advance Designation program can help put you in control of your benefits if a time comes when you need a representative payee to help manage your money.

Advance Designation enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, whom you would like to serve as your potential representative payee.

The following people may choose an Advance Designation:

 

  • Adults applying for benefits who do not have a representative payee.
  • Adult beneficiaries/recipients who do not have a representative payee.
  • Emancipated minors applying for benefits who do not have a representative payee.
  • Emancipated minor beneficiaries/recipients who do not have a representative payee.

If you fall into one of the above categories, you may provide and update Advance Designation information when you:

  • File a claim for benefits online.
  • Use the application available in your personal my Social Security account.
  • Call us by telephone at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

You may also change your Advance Designation(s), including the priority order, at any time while you are still capable of making your own decisions.  In the event that you can no longer make your own decisions, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing you already chose someone you trust to manage your benefits.

We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions to answer any questions you may have about Advance Designation. You may also find more information about representative payees in our blog post.

 

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93 thoughts on “Advance Designation: Choose a Representative Payee for Social Security to Consider Before You May Need One

  1. hello yes I am sending you this message today because I have received the payee that I have never asked for and I’ve never signed over my rights as my payee I used to be my own payee with my own money and never sign my rights over for anybody else manage my money I’ve not sure why somebody became my payee I need your help on understanding

    • Thank you for using our blog, Hector. For your security, 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 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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