Online Services, SSI

Five Things You Can Do Online with Social Security

November 16, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: November 6, 2023

smiling woman sitting on her couchYou want to enjoy the fall weather, and Social Security’s online services free up your time to lounge in a hammock in your backyard or take your dog on a long walk. You can safely and conveniently conduct most of your business with us anytime, anywhere. There’s no need to visit a local Social Security office.

When you’re ready to retire, you can do it online in 15 minutes or less. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed.

Applying for Social Security disability benefits has never been easier! The secure site will only ask questions pertaining to your situation, and we provide links to more information. There are examples to help you along the way.

With a my Social Security account, you can also get your Social Security Statement showing how much you paid in Social Security and Medicare taxes through your working years. You can use your Statement to verify your earnings history so that you receive the correct payment amount when you become eligible for benefits. And speaking of your future benefits, your Statement also shows estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits.

And, when you need it, you can get a benefit verification letter to prove you receive Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare. Your personal my Social Security  account also allows you to change your address if you’re already receiving benefits, and to start or change your direct deposit information.

You have all that at your fingertips, and you never had to leave your hammock!

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications


  1. Lyle E.

    goods increased very much, How can you give me only four dollars and feel that this fine for me.

  2. Paris H.

    My email address is I moved on November 29, 2017 to 5450 S. Fort Apache Road, #265; Las Vegas, NV 89148 my phone number has remained the same 702 444 7004. I want to find out also if I could get a higher amount from social security, based on his earnings? Also, I worked for the NYC Housing Authority for about about 3or4 years 1964 to 1967 or 1968, but they said I did not have any right to a pension, so I wanted to check my earnings for those years.

  3. Mary L.

    I tried to change my address on line, however, my address has changed and I gave my old address which denied me access on line. Please help me accomplish this. Mary Lynda Carruth Purtle,*** – ** – ****

    • Mary L.

      I tried to change my address. i gave my old address and then was told you have no record of this. what do I do now?

      • Ray F.

        Hello Mary! If you are having difficulties with your personal my Social Security account, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. Sometimes, it might be best to visit your local Social Security office for further assistance.
        Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks.

  4. Larry E.

    I received and IRMMA adjustment on my 2017 Social Security payment for 2017 of nearly $200 per month due to a substantial capital gain on a stock sale in 2015. My 2016
    and 2017 Adjusted Gross income is back to what has been normal for the last several years. Will this adjustment be
    eliminated for 2018? Do I need to take any action to see that the IRMAA will be eliminated?

    Thank you

    • Dave

      No, you’re 2018 benefit will be based on your 2016 agi so your reduction for Medicare b 2017 will be reinstated as long as you stay under the agi limit for 2016 (Google Irma tables irs).

  5. Linda C.

    I tried to start a S.S. account and it ask for my phone number and I have a prepaid cell phone it did not accept my number. I am working on a SSI application and I used the phone number where I live with a friend. The number is in my friends name. I saw that you should leave it blank but the cell phone is in my name. Don’t understand why it was rejected.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for using our online services, Linda! Please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account.

  6. Mary

    Something about pets?

  7. jody k.

    Hi! my name is Jody, I recieve ssi disability, I had a rollover accident in 2005Broke 8 ribs and fractured crushed my left wrist,had a bruise on my lung. I havent been right since. I tried to work in 2006 for about 6 mo and i cried and was grouchy. felt like someone was stabbing me with knife and if I go to long without sitting down for a spell then it starts in with the stabbing pain. i was a cook in a restaurant before i got hurt went back to work for a week they fired me, said I didn’t know how to use a computer, no not at that time but was willing too learn.

  8. dani

    ” If you are actually using a stout blade, posture the cutter created by side so the edge could function although sea to edge. ”

  9. jojuana d.

    i was getting ssi in califoria but i want to prision got out a want to start my aid back they denial me so i had to move out here and was still appealing it and now it has been three year i want be fore the judge and he denial me and now i appleaed that and disablitiy justuice told me to let it go and stat over but they are reviewing my case and it will take up to 12 month what should i do

  10. Laura

    I’m helping a friend who is struggling to understand her SS benefit. She receives an SSI benefit and would like to get married. Her finance does not have an income. Will getting married effect her benefit?

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for helping out Laura. If someone gets disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income or SSI program, getting married may affect their benefits. The amount of SSI benefits is based, in part, on the income and resources available to the individual. This includes income and resources available from his or her spouse. See what changes individuals must report and how these changes may affect their eligibility for SSI amount, by visiting our web page: “Understanding Supplemental Security Income”. We hope this information helps!

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