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Improve Your Retirement with a my Social Security Account

October 23, 2017 • By

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 at 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 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 my Social Security account to manage your benefits. You can set up your Direct Deposit within minutes by going to my Social Security and signing up for an account. Then, go to the My Profile tab and follow the instructions on the screen. Once you establish a 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 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.

Why not join the nearly 36 million who have improved their chances at a good retirement by establishing an account on my Social Security at

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


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  1. Ariel l Stone

    I am having trouble setting up social security account

  2. jerry

    you gave me new pass word no work ???(o)don’t if a zero or a oh

  3. Margo Bowerman

    Thank you. I like the new lookof the site.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      We appreciate your thoughts, Margo. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Wilfredo G. Rodriguez

    I am trying to get a social security account online but it keeps signing me up with my wife’s account, The system will not let me set up an account because it thinks I have an account already, I try creating one but it keeps taking me back to my wife’s account. thanks

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      We apologize for the inconvenience, Wilfredo. If you are still having trouble accessing your account, please call our dedicated my Social Security-Hotline. To reach this hotline, call 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”, or contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!


    These are the worst systems I have ever experienced. they are a loop to nowhere. I is impossible to do a simple change of address. The directions make no sense. I was in systems development for twenty years.

  6. Rabia

    How I can register if I have a foreign address

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      At this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online “my Social Security” account. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet.
      For assistance with their Social Security benefits and available services, we recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefits Unit or U.S. Embassy in their area. Thanks!

  7. Yousuf Samanter

    11 stevens street, malden. ma.02148

  8. Donna E. Butt

    I spoke with a representative over a month ago about not receiving my new SS card for medical appointments etc. We realized my address needed to be updated. We did this over the phone, and she told me I would be receiving my new card soon. However, I have not, and in addition I received another mailing from Medicare Insurance and it had my old address on the mailing. Please can you assist me.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      We apologize for any inconvenience, Donna. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot provide the assistance you need at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!


    I keep getting.Error:Cell phone number.

    Cannot find My Profile Tab too correct this problem

  10. Ommie

    payment schedule please August 1, 2018 and the rest of 2018, 2019 please,


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