How to Avoid a Social Security Office Visit If you’d like to know how to avoid a Social Security office visit, you’re not alone. Social Security Administration (SSA) wants beneficiaries to use the SSA.gov website to accomplish more Social Security benefits-related tasks than ever. SSA has been around for more than 80 years, and Social Security employees are committed to providing information and assistance when it’s needed.
In Social Security’s early years, almost all interactions regarding your Social Security retirement and spousal benefits were accomplished in person. That’s changed in part because of technology. These days, it’s possible to perform many Social Security benefits-related tasks without visiting a Social Security office in person.
Regardless of where you are, it’s possible to review your Social Security benefits or Social Security Statement information with a My Social Security Account page. Here are some of the tasks you can accomplish online to avoid a Social Security office visit.
Review the Social Security Statement Online
If you’ve received a Social Security Statement by mail, you know it recaps your earnings per year and estimates how much you might receive each month in Social Security retirement benefits. The Statement is an extremely useful tool that can help you achieve comfort in retirement.
It’s now possible to retrieve your Social Security Statement online at My Social Security Account. Arranging your personal account takes just a few minutes. If you’d like to print a copy for your records, that’s also a simple task.
In your secure My Social Security page, you can:
Access Social Security earnings records, including your current benefits status and payment history
Verify earnings history
Review how much in Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid over your working years
Ask Social Security for a replacement card in some states
If you’re already receiving benefits from Social Security, it’s possible to perform these online tasks:
See your benefits payment information
Change your contact information, such as phone number and/or address
Change current electronic payments information, such as the bank you use, or begin electronic payments
Request a replacement 1099 from Social Security for the current tax season
Ask for a replacement card from Medicare
Request a Social Security Benefit Verification letter
To create your My Social Security page, you must be at least 18 years old, have a U.S. mailing address or a military address (such as APO, FPO, or DPO) if you’re in the military, provide a valid email address, and already have a Social Security number.
Contact SSA by Telephone
It’s also possible to perform some Social Security tasks or request Social Security benefits information by phone. Call the Social Security general help line at 1-800-772-1213 (Monday through Friday, from 7:00am to 7:00pm) to request information you need. You may also ask Social Security helpline agents to arrange an appointment at the Social Security field office nearest you. The SSA locator tool can also help you make a Social Security office visit when it’s necessary.
Social Security Office Visit
Sometimes, you can’t automatically open a My Social Security Account. If your Social Security card is stolen, you must take steps to protect against identity theft. In that case, the three major credit reporting agencies (CRAs) are required to place a fraud alert on your credit profile. In order to open your online Social Security page, you’ll need to contact a local SSA field office to open your own My Social Security page.
SSA wants to protect your Social Security account information. In the past few months, SSA wanted to add the extra step of sending a secure code by text before logging in. After a short trial, SSA removed the extra step. If it makes sense for you, it’s possible to ask Social Security to require a secure log-in code to add an extra layer of security.