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Check Out These my Social Security Features in the New Year

December 28, 2017 • By

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man and woman reading on laptop2018 is almost here! It’ll be a New Year. There’s no better time to tell you about the features we have in my Social Security . They not only save you time, but also put you in control of your retirement future.

There are a growing number of states (and the District of Columbia) where, if you’re a resident, you can request a replacement Social Security card online. Our new online version of the Application for a Replacement Social Security Card can make getting a replacement easy and stress free. It allows people to apply for a replacement card through my Social Security without traveling to a field office or card center, as long as you’re not requesting a name change or any other change to your card. We are working to add this capability to every state.

Your personal my Social Security  account is secure and gives you ready access to your earnings records, Social Security benefit estimates, and printable Social Security Statement. Those who already receive benefits can view their payment history, current status, and manage their benefits.

Social Security has also made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement (known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S) shows the amount of benefits you received the previous year and is needed for filing taxes. Now you have the ability to download it using our online services. There’s no need to visit a field office. A replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S is available after February 1 for the previous tax year.

If you don’t have a my Social Security  account, creating a secure account is very easy to do and usually takes less than 15 minutes.

Putting you in control of your future is a key part of securing today and tomorrow. With my Social Security , we give you the power to steer your future in the direction you deserve.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Elizabeth C.

    I live in Canada will I ever be able to create an account without a US mailing address

  2. Frank C.


  3. William C.

    My comment concerns your use of ‘cost-of-living’ increases in benefits. We don’t see this increase as you paper shuffle any increase to where it doesn’t come though. In checking my monthly check, I find no increase in the last four years even though there has been cost of living increases. These increases do nothing for my ability to cope with my increasing responsibilities for food, clothing and shelter. When can we expect a responsible handling of Social Security?

    • Marc

      Depends of what you mean by “responsible.” Do you mean as they’ve been doing for over 60+ years, efficiently & inexpensively (only 1% of all SS $ goes toward administration as opposed to private corporations who spend up to 40% on “administrative costs,” or do you mean eliminate the program, as Trump & Congress have in the works? (Read the proposed bill yourself at How sad…what will you all criticize when Social Security & Medicare are gone for good next year?

    • Robert l.

      If you took your SS before full retirement age your NOT ENTILDED TO THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE

      • Ray F.

        Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increases apply to all Social Security and SSI beneficiaries. You can find more details about the new COLA at Thanks!

  4. Davonna

    I get a raise and my check is less than last year WHY??
    Davonna Churchill

    • John

      Your Medicare payment went up.

      • Razan A.

        I get less than last year ? Thanks

  5. SPERO G.


  6. John G.

    2018 we are to get a cost of living ease have not heard nothing about this it is Dec 285

  7. Jacob W.

    What is income cap before increased Medicare premium?

  8. ralph f.

    auto payment with credit card would be useful for me.

  9. Sue S.


    • Ray F.

      Thanks for your question. Currently, no changes are planned for Social Security cards.

  10. Regina H.

    I appreciate these articles – and would like to change my email address so I continue to get these updates after I retire in late May 2018.

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