Discover a Whole World of Retirement Possibilities

September 1, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

Dreamy vintage shot of senior couple enjoying a leasure cruiseChristopher Columbus might be one of the most famous explorers in America. He’s credited with discovering the New World, though Native Americans were here long before the Italian sailor.

Centuries later, there are new horizons to explore and you can do it from the comfort of your home or office. With Social Security, you can discover a new world of information and services on our website.

For example, you can apply online for Social Security retirement benefits. Not sure whether you’re ready for retirement? We can help you plot your course with our online benefit planners. Perhaps the most impressive of these planners is the online Retirement Estimator, which you can use to get quick and accurate estimates of your retirement benefits based on different scenarios. You also can apply online for disability benefits and even apply online for help to pay the costs of the Medicare prescription drug program on our website.

One of our most powerful tools is our website: my Social Security. Create your personal my Social Security account and then you’ll always have quick and easy access to see and update your information. You can use my Social Security to get estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits; view your earnings record; and get estimates of the Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can use your account to get an instant benefit verification letter, check your benefit and payment information, and to change your address, phone number, and direct deposit information. If you receive Medicare, you can get a replacement Medicare card using my Social Security. Whether you receive benefits or not, you may be able to apply for a replacement Social Security card in certain states, all online.

We’ve made exploring your bright future secure and easy on our website.  Remember, we’re with you through life’s journey. Social Security online tools will help you decide when to weigh anchor, and venture into the seas of retirement.

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  1. Linda W.

    I am 70 years old and will be receiving full SS benefits next month. My husband is 68 and wants to wait until 70 to receive his benefits. Can he receive half of my benefits until then and if so, how does he apply for these benefits?

    • Vonda

      Hi Linda, thanks for using our blog. If your husband turned 62 before January 2, 2016, deemed filing rules will not apply to him. This means that he may file for either a spouse’s benefit on your record or his own retirement benefit without being required or “deemed” to file for the other. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for the details.

  2. GAYLE

    I will be 66 this month. I collect SS but have since been classified disabled. Would I get more benefits under SSD instead of standard SS?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Gayle, thanks for using our blog. When a person has reached their full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they are no longer eligible for disability benefits.

      If you have additional questions, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 or 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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