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Improve Your Retirement with a my Social Security Account

October 23, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

man and woman smiling, looking at laptop September was National Self-Improvement Month, but it’s always a good time to focus on your health and wellness. While you do that, make sure your retirement is healthy, too, by opening a secure, personal my Social Security account.

Registering only takes a few minutes on our website. You’ll be asked some basic questions to verify your identity. Then you’ll choose a user name and password. Pretty soon you’ll be registered and have full access to many of our services.

At Social Security, our highest priority is protecting the privacy and security of the personal information we maintain on you and almost every American so you can rest assured that doing business online with us is both safe and secure.

Once you establish an account, you’ll have access to a wealth of information that will improve your chances of a successful retirement. You’ll be able to verify your earnings history, get an estimate of your future benefit amount at retirement, and get an estimate of your benefits should you become disabled.

With your personal my Social Security account you can view and print your Statement whenever you like.

You can also improve your experience of receiving retirement benefits by establishing a personal my Social Security account to manage your benefits. You can set up your Direct Deposit within minutes by going the Create Your Account page and signing up for an account. Then, go to the My Profile tab and follow the instructions on the screen. Once you establish a personal my Social Security account, you’ll be able to change your address or update your direct deposit, print a benefit verification letter, get a replacement Medicare card and a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S statement.

Once you’ve established your personal my Social Security account, you’ll want to check out our redesigned website. We’ve done some self-improvement of our own based on your suggestions, and we’ve made all of our services available from the home page. We’ve also made our website easier to navigate and more accessible on mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.

Join the millions who have improved their chances at a good retirement by establishing a personal my Social Security account.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Dave G.

    Interesting info I’ve seen it earlier at

  2. Valerie G.

    My husband is needing to obtain his SSA-1099 forms for the year of 2015,16,& 17. All of his important papers were destroyed by inclement weather. I know that all the local Offices are closed due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Is there any other way that he obtain them for tax purposes? please let me know as we are in need of them ASAP. Thank you

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Valerie, thank you for using our blog. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can 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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  4. Carol P.

    when will my social security post to my direct deposit? It is Social Security that made the mistake by putting in the wrong accounting number.

  5. eugene d.

    hi my wife wanted to open her my social security account however because we have credit freezes she could not which credit bureau would she have to unfreeze

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Eugene. We are sorry your wife is having difficulty with her personal my Social Security account. She cannot create a my Social Security account online if she has a security freeze, fraud alert, or both on her credit report. If she does not have time to visit our office, she can ask Experian to remove the freeze or alert. However, she can create an account without removing the security freeze or fraud alert, but she will have to visit her local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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