Celebrating and Creating Independence with Social Security

July 2, 2020 • By

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Last Updated: July 19, 2021

On July 4, we celebrate our nation’s independence.  For nearly 85 years, our programs have helped provide financial independence.  We continue to make it easier for you to access our programs and benefits.  Today, applying online is a convenient way to apply for benefits.

You can go online to apply for:

  • Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months in age and want your benefits to start in no more than four months. Apply online.
  • DisabilityApply for disability. You can use the online application to apply for disability benefits if you:
  1. Are age 18 or older.
  2. Are not currently receiving benefits on your own Social Security record.
  3. Are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
  4. Have not been denied disability benefits in the last 60 days. If your application was recently denied, our Internet Appeal application is a starting point to request a review of the determination we made.
  • Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Costs – Some people need assistance with the cost of medications. Apply for Extra Help.
  • Medicare – Medicare is federal health insurance for people 65 or older, some younger people with disabilities, and people with end-stage renal disease. If you are not already receiving benefits, you should apply online within three months of turning age 65.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI is a federal income program funded by general tax revenues, and it is designed to help aged, blind, and people with disabilities who have little or no income. You may be able to apply online if you meet certain requirements. See if you can apply online for SSI.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Neil S.

    having difficulty changing my password…please assist

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Neil. If you forgot your password, and the password reset questions didn’t work, we can send a temporary password in some circumstances. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to retrieve or change your username or password. We hope this helps.

  2. Neil S.

    I need a copy of my social security card. No where on the website is there a way to receive a copy. Can you or some associate contact me? It is very important that I obtain a copy. I applied for a manager position with the Census bureau and can not proceed without it. It is an emergency that I receive one for ma to copy. I desperately nead it
    ASAP OR I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO QUALIFY for this prestigious position. I need this job, money is very tight. I survive on my social security payment. Please help me ASAP ! P.O. Box 5376 West Hills, CA. 91308

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Neil, 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. However, if you must get a replacement card, you may be able to apply online. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to apply for a replacement Social Security card. If you are unable to apply online and you do not want to mail in your documents, which will be returned, you may need to wait for the offices to reopen. You can also call your local office and see if they will mail you 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 your local office address. We hope this helps.

  3. Dora
    Luksusowe Apartamenty Sea&Lake nad morzem – Mielno

  4. Elisa M.

    We,have been trying to get my grandsons, social security card for 4 months.We have tried online, mailed all info they needed twice.Bothbtimes it came back,no letter,no nothing.We can’t file taxes or even put him on our food stamps without it.My daughter was told that there was a mistake she would have to be seen.She asked where,was told no offices were open.She asked for a supervisorlady said she was supervisor.That that could not help us.Than hung up on my Daughter.We are not the only ones that are having issues with this.We are in greene County MO.Speingfeild.Cant find any help.Please if you can help us we need this card asap.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Elisa, we are very sorry to hear about the difficulties you are experiencing. 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. Please contact 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.

  5. Chukwuemeka J.

    Greetings. i arrived on the 16th february 2020 in the states on IR1 visa and received my Green Card 3weeks later. and before i could apply for my scocial security card the SSA closed in-person services and up till now i have not gotten my card. i can not work as a result, what can i do? Thanks.

  6. PIM b.

    thanksfor allyour good info and HAPPY 4TH JULY

  7. Joseph L.

    I received a letter under the label of The White House. This later indicated that I would be receiving a Cares check for $1,200 sometime soon. This letter was dated 1 May .I have not received the check nor any other correspondence from the Case Program.


    • Vonda V.

      Thank you for your question, Joseph. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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