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Take Control with Social Security Online

January 6, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: January 25, 2022

couple reviewing information on a tabletWe continue to add more services you can access through your secure my Social Security account.

Use your personal my Social Security account to check your Social Security record and complete your business conveniently and securely from home or on the go.

If you do not currently receive benefits, you can:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card.
  • Review your earnings history for accuracy.
  • See an estimate of your future Social Security benefits to help you plan when to start receiving benefits.
  • Compare benefit amounts depending on what age you start receiving benefits.
  • Check the status of your Social Security application.

If you already receive benefits, you can:

  • Get a benefit verification or proof of income letter.
  • Request a replacement Social Security or Medicare card.
  • Set up or change direct deposit.
  • Change your address.
  • Get a replacement Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).
  • Opt-out of certain mailed notices.

Your personal my Social Security account includes a secure Message Center where you can receive communications from us. For example, you can view your annual cost-of-living adjustments before you would normally receive them in the mail. You can also opt-out of receiving notices by mail that are available online.

We designed these online features to save you time. You can create your personal my Social Security account today.

We offer many other online resources on our Online Services page. Please let friends and family know they can access them from the comfort of their home or office – and on the go from their mobile phones.


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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. Joel A.

    Is it possible to opt out of receiving the annual SSA-1099 tax form through the U.S. Postal Service? I can easily download the form from my Social Security account at the end of each January as a replacement document. This is only a week later than if I receive it through the mail. The SSA-1099 is the only document I still receive in hardcopy that is necessary to do my tax return and I would prefer not having it circulating in the mail for security reasons (note March 28, 2022 comment in blog by Terry W. about the document being mailed out with the complete SSN). The SSA-1099 appears to be about the only notice on my Social Security online that one can not currently opt out of receiving in hardcopy. Plus this additional option would lessen mailing costs for SSA.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Joel. Thanks for your feedback. We value your thoughts and will explore how we can further improve our Social Security website. Thanks, again. 

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  2. Debra S.

    How much can I work or make since I’m on SSI hrs I can work what I need to do

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Debra. Thanks for your question. You may be interested in learning about a Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS), a provision in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program that helps individuals with disabilities return to work. SSI is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. The amount of your SSI benefit is based, in part, on the income available to you and your spouse. PASS lets disabled individuals set aside money and  things he or she owns to pay for items or services needed to achieve a specific work goal. To learn more about the PASS program, please visit our page here and read our pamphlet, Working While Disabled, a Guide to Plans for Achieving Self-Support. If you have specific questions about your SSI or applying for a PASS, you can call 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and ask a representative to assist you, or you can contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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      • Wanda B.

        How do l get a copy of benefits that shows my monthly amount?

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        • Wanda B.

          how do l get a copy of my benefits that show current monthly amount

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        • Ann C.

          Hi, Wanda. Thanks for your question. If you need a benefit verification letter, you can view, print, and save your benefit verification letter by creating a personal my Social Security account online. For questions regarding your benefit verification letter, we ask that members in our Blog community contact our offices. You can call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope this helps.

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  3. William A.

    What form do i fill in to cancel my Medicare Insurance as i have moved to Canada

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  4. Wesley F.

    My brother, who has been in two extreme auto accidents in the past one recently, had to have Cervical spine surgery. He retired from his US Postal Service position after 35+ years. He needs my assistance to file for his SSA and Medicare as he cannot type. What does he need to file or do to allow me to act for him doing these very important retirement actions.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Wesley. We are sorry to hear about your brother’s condition. He can contact his local Social Security office for assistance. In the meantime, he can also complete and submit a Consent for Release of Information to give permission for you or others to assist or obtain information about his Social Security Records. We hope this helps. 

       

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  5. Karen D.

    Is there a small $ benefit from SS after the death of a parent. How do we file for it.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Karen. Thanks for your question. The Lump-Sum Death benefit of $255 (a one-time payment) may be payable upon the death of a person who has worked long enough to be insured under Social Security. Only eligible family members may be able to receive the one-time payment and  monthly survivor benefits. For more information on this, please read our publication, How Social Security Can Help You When a Family Member Dies. Hope this helps!

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Karen. Thanks for your question. The Lump-Sum Death benefit of $255 (a one-time payment) may be payable upon the death of a person who has worked long enough to be insured under Social Security. Only eligible family members may be able to receive the one-time payment and  monthly survivor benefits. For more information on this, please read our publication, How Social Security Can Help You When a Family Member Dies. Hope this helps!

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  6. Terry W.

    Can someone explain why ssa 1099 forms are mailed out with your complete social security number and why they are not masking all but the last 4 numbers. We do every thing we can to protect our number,, but you just send the forms out which can end up delivered anywhere. Even Medicare stopped using your ss number.

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