99 thoughts on “It’s More Convenient Than Ever to Apply for Social Security Benefits

  1. i began the application process recently, and signed off to obtain information. I have now obtained the Social Security account, but can’t seem to get back to completing the original application…. where do I go? I am not retiring and will not be applying to receive any benefits at this time.

    • Hi, James. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  2. I called SS and a rep helped me start my application process for collecting SS. They are going to call me for a scheduled phone appt next week , to finish the process. What info do I need at that time?

    • Hi Steven, thank you for using our blog. An activation code is provided after visiting a Social Security field office with identification. A representative in the office will verify your identity and issue you a letter containing an activation code. Our offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors at this time. To create a my Social Security account, click on Create New Account. We hope this helps.

  3. Hubby is applying now.
    1. For security, SSA is asking him to recall phone numbers and addresses all the way back to infancy! If he gets one wrong he is booted for 24 hours.
    2. SSA asking him to enter digits off his driver license and one credit card. He has entered each digit meticulously correctly but is booted off for incorrect answer.
    3. A SSA rep on the phone will give him absolutely no help, guidance, or information.

    • Hi Tracy, thanks for using our blog. We are sorry to hear about the difficulties your husband is experiencing. Your husband can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or he can contact his 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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