New Year’s Resolution: Get a my Social Security Account

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The holidays are over, and a new year is upon us. Now that you have no more holiday parties to attend or gifts to buy, you’re probably kicking off the New Year with your resolutions to improve your life.

With a healthy, new you in mind, you got a shiny new gym membership and revamped your grocery list to add more vegetables. You made resolutions to better manage your finances and to finally start planning for your long-term financial security, which you’ve been putting off because you didn’t know where to start. Now is the perfect time of year to do a financial planning checkup. And what’s more, we can tell you the best place to start.

We have a solution that is easy, convenient, and secure; sign up for a personal my Social Security account. You can do so from the comfort of your own home, office, or any preferred location. It only takes a few minutes, and once you see all the benefits of having an account, you will be so glad you followed through with this resolution.

If you’re still working, you can use your my Social Security account to access your Social Security Statement to keep track of your earnings and verify them every year. You can review the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you paid.

You can also get a benefit verification letter stating that you never received benefits, received benefits in the past, or a letter stating that you applied for benefits, but your claim hasn’t been approved. If you’re currently receiving benefits, you can use your my Social Security account to get a letter stating your benefits, and to check your benefit and payment information. You can also change your address or telephone number, start or change your direct deposit, and get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S.  And now, in several states, many can get a replacement Social Security card!

Managing your information has never been easier.

Sign up for a my Social Security account today and cross this resolution off your list. You’ll be so glad you started the New Year right by taking these easy steps to have a better financial future.

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151 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution: Get a my Social Security Account

    • Hi Michelle, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. Thanks!

    • Thank you for contacting us, Chitale! 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. Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps.

  1. For anyone trying to create a My Social Security online account and finding it eveything BUT easy,,please know your not alone. In all my years i have never seen such a bad system for creating a new account, most end up needing to go to the nearest office to even get started,, the administration uses whatever info one of three major credit reporting agencies have on you as a firewall of sorts,, so good luck getting past step one if one of the 3 has old history on you,, its far from easy for many of us, I spent an 1hour on hold to get some routing number info updated and ask for help with this My Social security online account application process,,,given the fact that i had just given the same info as what the account creation site ask for I figured thiswould be a simple affair,,,WRONG,, the lady was only able to unlock me from the system for 1 more attempt,, wich you might think would be would be up to date after just giving this to them for a different reason,, but no. So i go jump through some hoops to get my free yearly report in hopes of finding wich previous address or phone number they might possibly have on record,,this created yet another mail in request for said info,, its a nightmare,, save yourself the trouble and just go into a local office,,even if local is 30 miles , my experience is the norm not the exception based on many forums ive seen on it.

  2. I tried to set up an account so many times that i got locked out. All of my information is correct and hasn’t changed over the last 9 years so I cant figure out why i cant get past the initial name and address part of the application before a message says cant verify. Id love to know what I’m doing wrong but i don’t particularly want to spend time on the phone. All I wanted was to get a new Medicare card and find out the date I was enrolled in Medicare. Can anyone help me without me having to call and be put on hold for 20 mins.?

    • I need to include some stuff after reading some of the other comments. I CANT get to an office Ive been on SSA for 20 some odd years my check goes directly to my bank but I get notices in the mail so how come the Social Security website doesn’t use their own information on people who are applying for an online account?? I have NO credit freeze I have NO credit period so Help! Why doesn’t someone call me for a change to help me or at least give me a straight answer.

  3. Hello My name is Marc Patrice Aube. I currently live in Canada. I lived in the USA from 1963 to June 1981. I was in the military than worked for ExxonMobil for 4.5 years prior to returning to Canada.
    My SSN is *** – ** – ***
    I currently reside in Belleville Ontario. I did have Canada Pension Plan administrators forward information to the Social Security offices. This occurred in December of 2017. Is it possible for a Canadian resident to create an account with Social Security. My birth date is July 13, 1955. My Canadian SIN # is xxxxxxxxx.

    • Hello Marc. 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.
      Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.
      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media channels. Thanks!

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