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my Social Security: It’s Not Just for Retirees

September 8, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: September 8, 2022

young couple reviewing information onlineYou don’t have to be retired or even close to retirement to benefit from a personal my Social Security account.

Calling or visiting a local Social Security office probably is rarely necessary once you have one. You can do much of your business with us online.

With your personal my Social Security account, you can:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most states and the District of Columbia).
  • Estimate your future benefits to compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits.
  • Check the status of your Social Security application when you do decide to apply.
  • Review your work history.

If you already receive benefits, you can also:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most states and the District of Columbia).
  • Get a benefit verification or proof of income letter.
  • Set up or change your direct deposit.
  • Change your address.
  • Request a replacement Medicare card.
  • Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).
  • Opt out of receiving certain notices by mail and receive them in the secure Message Center.

Please help us spread the word. Let your family and friends know that they can create a my Social Security account today.


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Dawn Bystry, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

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  1. Thomas R.

    I have a question about the mysocialsecurity.gov website as it relates to the new login.gov sign-in process. I had already established a mysocialsecurity account, but would rather use the new login.gov process (due to better security options). Under my current mysocialsecurity account, if I use the option under “security settings” called “deactivate online account,” will I then be able to establish a new account using LOGIN.GOV afterwards. Thanks for clarifying

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Thomas. Thanks for your question. You are able to sign in with your Login.gov credentials instead of your previous my Social Security credentials. You can continue to have both sets of credentials if you wish. We hope this helps.

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  2. Dan M.

    Is a “compassionate allowance” paid in addition to Social Security benefits or is it lumped together?

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Dan. Thanks for your question. Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. To learn more information, please visit our Compassionate Allowances page. Keep in mind, we do not base your Social Security benefit amount on the severity of your disability. We base it on your average lifetime earnings before your disability began. Disability payments are established at the highest rate possible, and we use the highest years of your earnings to calculate your monthly benefit amount. We hope this information helps.

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  3. Ozcan A.

    When are you going to allow retired US citizens living in foreign countries to open “my social security” account ?They need access to S/S online more than retirees living in US which there is SS office in every neighborhood.

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  4. Mahi S.

    Nice & Well

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