Important Information About Reaching Social Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the current coronavirus pandemic, we continue to provide help to you and other people in your communities.  While our offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, we remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security business.  You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or our National 800 Number.  You can find local office phone numbers online by using our Social Security Office Locator.

We offer many secure and convenient online services, where you can:

 

  • Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits.
  • Check the status of an application or appeal.
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas).
  • Print a benefit verification letter and much more.

Although you can do most of your business with us online, we know that service channel isn’t right for everyone.  You can still count on us by phone.  If you have a critical situation and we cannot help you with by phone or online, we may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

If you need help, please don’t wait until we can see you in person.  Call us now and get the help you need.  We also understand that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic, so we are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.

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379 thoughts on “Important Information About Reaching Social Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. Hello. For some reason, I am unable to sign into my online SSA account, which I have had for years. I called and talked to a representative and after about an hour of him trying to help me get into my account, we gave up because the site just wouldn’t let me sign in or even create a new account.

    My issue is this: because I cannot access my online account and I urgently need a replacement SS card for identity reasons with my unemployment office in New York State, (so that my benefits can be reinstated), I was told by the representative that I could mail in the application along with my original birth certificate and my state ID card. He told me that there are indeed personnel in our local offices that are processing applications even though the public cannot go in the office in person due to Covid 19. He also told me that SSA would send me back my original documents after about a week after SSA receives them, and then the card itself two or three weeks after that.

    I was VERY reluctant to send my original documents through the mail, but I did so anyway due to my critical time constraints. I am desperate.

    So, last week I sent the application and original documents to my local Rochester, NY office.

    My questions: Is it true that there ARE people working on processing applications in the local offices? Also, is it true I will get my original documents back before I get the replacement card back? Also, how long is the whole process? It has been extremely difficult getting any personalized answers during this time of Covid.

    Thank you in advance
    W.F
    Rochester, NY

  2. I CONTACTED MY LOCAL OFFICE, i WAS TOLD ALL THE OFFICES ARE CLOSED RIGHT NOW, i WONT GET AN APPOINMENT UNLESS THE OFFICES ARE OPEN. mY SITUATION IS VERY CRITICAL.
    cAN YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

    • Hi Vijay, thank you for using our blog. 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. Visit our Social Security Number and Card page to learn how. If you cannot request a replacement card online, call your local office and request that we mail you an SSN printout instead of a replacement Social Security card. Unfortunately, we are unable to process replacement Social Security card requests by phone at this time.

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