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Social Security Online: Your First and Best Place to Start

July 14, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: November 2, 2023

older couple reviewing their information onlineMore than likely you do not have to visit a Social Security office to do business with us. You might not have to call, either. Our Online Services webpage provides you a wide variety of self-service options you can use on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can even apply for retirement, disability, or Medicare online.

You can get the most out of your online experience if you have a personal my Social Security account. With it, you can:

  • Get your Social Security Statement instantly.
  • Appeal a decision we made on your claim.
  • Find out if you qualify for benefits.

Already receiving benefits? If so, you can use your personal my Social Security account to:

  • Get your benefit verification letter for Social Security, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) instantly.
  • Check your information and benefit amount.
  • Change your address and telephone number.
  • Start or change your direct deposit.
  • Request a replacement Medicare card.
  • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S instantly for tax season.
  • Report your wages if you work and receive disability benefits or SSI.

Create or sign in to your personal my Social Security account today to take advantage of these easy-to-use features.

Please share our online services page with family and friends who need this important information!

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

Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications


  1. Gregorye

    I have lost my medicare number HOw can I find it?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Gregorye. Good news! If you need a replacement Medicare card or immediate proof that you have Medicare, you can take care of both online by creating a my Social Security account. We hope this helps. 

  2. Kim


    I am traveling abroad, and can’t seem to be able to receive the passcode to sign in to My Social Security. Please help!

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Kim. Since you are currently outside of the U.S., please contact your local  Federal Benefits Unit for any assistance related to Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this helps.

  3. John O.

    I have been getting the spousal benefits. In December i would like to start receiving my own benefits. How do I apply for this?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, John. Thanks for your question. Since you are currently receiving benefits, please contact your local Social Security office for assistance.  We hope this helps. 


  4. Alice

    Social security administration has my birthdate wrong. How do I get them to record my correct birthdate?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Alice. Thank you for your question. To correct your date of birth, you will need to complete an Application for a Social Security Card along with supporting documentation including your birth certificate. To learn what documents you need, please visit here. You can take or mail the required information to your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  5. Fred G.

    I am looking for a part time job. Before I commit to a job, I want to know how much money I can make each year without affecting my social security payments.

  6. Linda

    I am planning to apply for social security benefit soon.
    I would like it to have 2023 COLA, should I start my application for December 2022 effective date or January 2023?

    Thank you very much!

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Linda. Thanks for visiting our blog. Please bear in mind that the decision on when to apply for benefits is a personal one. We can only provide you with the information to help you make the best choice according to your own situation. Also, we will not know if there will be a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2023, and if so the amount of the COLA, until the Department of Labor releases information on inflation for the past year. For the latest news and updates on Social Security, please check out our page at, the increase, if there is one, will begin with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive in January of the year affected. Increased SSI payments will begin in December of the previous year. We hope this helps.

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