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National Social Security Month Shines a Light on Our Online Services

April 5, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

woman sitting by fireplace on her laptop In April, we celebrate National Social Security Month, and highlight our agency’s mission and purpose. We’re with you throughout life’s journey — from birth, to marriage, and into retirement — and we’re always searching for ways to give you easy and secure access to everything we offer.

We are constantly expanding our online services to give you freedom and control in how you wish to conduct business with us. Our online services help you plan for the future and keep you in control of your benefits. You can go online to:

  1. Find out if you qualify for benefits.
  2. Use our benefit planners to help you better understand your Social Security protection.
  3. Estimate your future retirement benefits to help you plan for your financial future.
  4. Retire online, or apply for Medicare quickly and easily.
  5. Open your personal my Social Security account. Your personal account is the most powerful tool to help you stay in control of your Social Security record. If you don’t receive benefits yet, you can:
    • Get your Social Security Statement to review your earnings, make sure they’re recorded correctly.
    • Get a benefit verification letter to prove you don’t receive Social Security benefits or that you applied but haven’t received an answer yet.
    • Request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements.
    • Check the status of your application or appeal a decision.

If you receive benefits, you can:

  1. Change your address and phone number.
  2. Get a benefit verification letter to prove you receive Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Medicare.
  3. Start deposits or change your direct deposit information at any time.
  4. Get a replacement Medicare card.
  5. Get a replacement Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S) for tax purposes.

Do you own a business? You can also use our Business Services Online suite to report employee wages and verify names and Social Security numbers for W-2s.

Join us and celebrate National Social Security Month by seeing everything you can do online!

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Dr. P.

    th. 4.5.18 For those who can work with a computer this is a good arrangement.
    2. Payments from the Social Security fund should be available only to those who actually contribute to the fund. S.S. should work like a bank.
    To be able to help those who do not contribute to S.S. fund, there should be some other program.

    • AKA

      There is, it’s called SSI or Supplemental Security Income. It is a welfare payment for those who have a sketchy work history or never worked at all. Basically, you have to meet an income and resource test and be disabled.

  2. Mary K.

    I work at the public defenders office and trying to conduct or get records seems to take a long time. Meaning it is hard to get in touch with someone about records we need. Is there anyway we can contact some directly by phone, email or fax?

    • AKA

      Is ther a Social Security question in there someplace?

  3. Keith B.

    Let me begin by saying, I never in my working life, did I consider Social Security as an entitlement. More as an insurance policy I paid premium to every pay period.
    Now, after applying three times, being denied three times, I can honestly say, I’m at a loss. The first two denials where because I couldn’t provide enough proof, that I was disabled enough too qualify. Doctors written notes and the T. W. C. spokesman explaining I was either unhireable or that I would be a burden to any employer that would hire me.
    This last attempt, I was informed I need 5 consecutive tax returns to qualify. Well, because I couldn’t work, due to my disability. I wasn’t able to produce these documents. Hope this is becoming clear. I’m here, unable to work, turned down by a system I’ be paid into for 30 years. So, I’ll have to find someone who’ll take the chance to hire me and hope my conditions will stay in check for some time. Know this message may get through to a few like individuals. Not to the Social Security Administration.

    Thanks for Reading,
    Keith Ambush

    P. S.
    This time I had the documentation, didn’t matter.

    • AKA

      You have to meet insured status. Generally speaking, you have to show you became disabled and unable to work within a certain time frame. Most people say that you need 5 years of work in the past ten years. This is simplistic. In other words, you can’t just stop working and five years later become disabled. Medical evidence has to show your disability began during the time you were insured. Did you ever appeal the decisions and ask for a hearing? The good news is that you are entitled to retirement when you meet the age requirement.

  4. Arun D.

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    When does SSA would allow customers to make changes to their tax withholding online?

    It is a big hassle to mail the W4-V form and it takes 2 to 3 months for change to go in effect.

    Please permit us do this line.

    Thank you

    • Ray F.

      Thanks for your comment! We value your thoughts and will use your suggestions to explore how we can further improve the services we offer.
      Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

  5. Church

    I’m probably going to die before I ever get the money I am owed SSI this sucks and I was born disabled thanks for nothing but heartache and more headaches TBI makes it hard to get by and The abusive alcoholic that drinks and drives every single day punched me in the kidneys till I was pissing blood Don’t have anywhere else to live

    • Church

      I have worked hard all my life for nothing I don’t have jack Thanks for nothing good-bye

  6. Virgil H.

    Ever since I started collecting SS years ago, I’ve found the online resource to be helpful and easy to navigate.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for sharing your comment, Virgil! Your thoughts are important to us and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. In April we celebrate “National Social Security Month”, see what you can do online at

  7. Mahendra k.

    For a person having standard family and living pay check to pay check will not be survived in retirement on social security benefits which at present a retired person get.

    • AKA

      SS was meant to supplement your savings and other retirement income, not replace your pre-retirement income.

  8. osama h.

    thank you.

  9. Leonard A.

    I have been trying to get money owed to me returned to treasury dept. since 10/2017. Said money returned from public guardian. Las Vegas Nevada. I have been to S.S. office several times told I would get this money. Never have gotten It. I have copies of checks, every number possible. You all seem to be {LIARS} . So I have retained legal counsel. Over $5000.00 I don’t make any waves I am a Christian. But rest assured I will recover this money. My name is Leonard A. Dressler *** – ** – ***–(424)-250-5967

    • AKA

      And yet this article has nothing to do with your personal beef. Go ahead and waste your money on an attorney but don’t bother others about this.

  10. Lesly F.

    Happy national month of social security administration.

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