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The Twelve Sites of Social Security

December 19, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

mother and daughter on computer by fireplaceGathering with family and friends during the holiday season reminds us we’re part of a strong community. And sometimes, in the spirit of the season, we break into song. Our take on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” — a holiday favorite since 1780 — highlights the national community we care for all year long. We call it “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.”

For the first site of Social Security, we give to you: our home page. It’s the place to go for all things Social Security. Everything you could want — from online services and benefit screening tools to publications and frequently asked questions — you can find all these and more on this site.

For the second site of Social Security, we give to you: our hub for Social Security news and updates at our blog.

For the third site of Social Security, we give to you: an easy way to learn how to replace your Social Security card. And in some states, you can replace it online with a personal my Social Security account!

For the fourth site of Social Security, we give to you: an online application for retirement benefits that you can complete and submit in as little as 15 minutes on our Apply for Social Security Benefits page.

For the fifth site of Social Security, we give to you: five estimates of your future Social Security benefits! Or as many estimates as you would like using different scenarios. Get instant, personalized estimates of your future benefits.

For the sixth site of Social Security, we give to you: a convenient way to apply for disability benefits.

For the seventh site of Social Security, we give to you: fun and informative videos on our YouTube channel.

For the eighth site of Social Security, we give to you: Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. You can learn more and apply for a subsidy online.

For the ninth site of Social Security, we give to you: our convenient publication library with online booklets and pamphlets on numerous subjects.

For the tenth site of Social Security, we give to you: one of our most popular social media outlets, our Facebook page. This is where we engage thousands of customers and you can join the conversation.

For the eleventh site of Social Security, we give to you: answers to your Social Security related questions at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

On the twelfth site of Social Security (and we saved the best for last): open your own personal my Social Security account. This will enable you to verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters, update your Social Security information, and more.

And a partridge in a pear tree! Find all of this and more (except the partridge and pear tree) on our website.

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  1. Stephan J.

    checking claim status? I have a claim number but I have no idea where to type it in.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Stephan, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. You can log in to or create a my Social Security account to check the status of your application online.

      If you are unable to check your status online, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  2. david

    I really enjoyed reading this post, big fan. Keep up the good work andplease tell me when can you publish more articles or where can I read more on the subject?

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  4. Betty H.

    trying to report my brothers passing and have spent much time on the phone on hold, trying to let someone know, so that his benefits will be stopped, cant seem to get thru how can I accomplish this without spending half a day on phone, we need to close his Bank Acct.

    • Ray F.

      We are sorry for your loss, Betty. In most cases, the funeral home will report the person’s death to Social Security. If you want them to do that, you will need to give the deceased’s Social Security Number to the funeral director so they can make the report.
      To be eligible for a Social Security benefit payment, a person has to live throughout the entire month. If the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, you must return the benefit received for the month of death or any later months. Keep in mind that Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due. For example, if the person dies in September, you must return the benefit paid in October. Generally, the financial institution will return Social Security checks upon receiving notification of the beneficiary’s death.
      When calling our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, you will experience a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this information helps.

  5. Susham M.

    Happy to see the list

  6. Donna F.

    When someone dies and you stop SS why don’t you automatic send the death benefit at that time?. You are quick to take back the payment that you paid that month so why not put in the $250 benefit

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