Social Security Administration (SSA) understands that you may move from address to another address. It’s important to notify SSA when you move because the U.S. mail must know where to deliver a new or replacement Social Security or Medicare card. If Social Security doesn’t have an accurate address, you might miss important Social Security correspondence.
In many cases, it’s possible to submit an address change through the SSA.gov website at My Social Security Account. Not everyone receiving Social Security benefits can make an address change online. Here’s how to change an address with Social Security.
How to Establish a My Social Security Account
Visit the Social Security website at https://www.ssa.gov. If you’re a new user, you’ll need to verify information about your identity and provide a valid current email address, U.S. mailing address, and Social Security number. You must be 18 years old to create an account:
The account you create must be for your personal use only. It’s a completely free tool for you to use, but it’s for you and you alone.
You must accept SSA’s “Terms of Service” to create an account. You must confirm that you’re the Social Security accountholder.
You can’t create a Social Security online account for another person or use another person’s identifying information even if he or she says it’s ok for you to do this in writing.
You can’t create a Social Security account for an individual or business you work with, for someone when you’re appointed his or her representative, or for an individual for whom you’re a representing payee.
You’ll be asked to verify your identity by answering personal questions. You’ll create questions and answers for personal identification purposes.
Civil and criminal penalties may apply if you access the SSA.gov site in this manner.
In addition to changing your address with Social Security, use the My Social Security page to request a new Social Security card if you’re at least 18 years or older with a mailing address in the U.S. (or a military address, such as APO, DPO, or FPO address) if you aren’t asking Social Security to make a name change. If you’re a resident of certain states or Washington, D.C., you must submit a valid driver license or ID card. See My Social Security Account for more details.
If you can’t or don’t qualify to apply, contact the Social Security help line at 1-800-772-1213 or visit the local SSA field office near you to find out how to apply for a new or replacement card.
Online Address Change
If you don’t already have a My Social Security Account on SSA.gov, it’s easy to create one for free. You’ll need to create a log-on, then choose “My Profile” and follow the prompts to submit an address change.
It’s possible to change your address with Social Security before a move date. Simply tell Social Security the date upon which the change of address is in effect.
If you receive Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits from Social Security and live in the U.S., use My Social Security Account to change address and contact details if necessary.
If you receive Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI), you can’t change address with Social Security by requesting an online change. You can check your address and Social Security Statement in the “My Profile” portion of the My Social Security Account page.
If you receive Social Security retirement benefits, Medicare, or survivor benefits and you live outside of the United States but don’t have a current domestic mailing address, call the Social Security help line at 1-800-772-1213. You’ll probably need to change your address at the nearest United States embassy office.
My Social Security Account Uses
Opening a My Social Security Account can make checking your Social Security Statement a simple task. It’s important to check your Social Security earnings on a regular basis. Let Social Security know if there’s an error and follow the steps SSA outlines to correct it.
In addition to making a simple address change with Social Security, you can use your My Social Security account to obtain a benefit verification letter; check your Social Security earnings record (or check benefit-payment information); change direct deposit information of your Social Security benefit or begin direct deposit; ask SSA to replace your Medicare card; or request tax forms, such as SSA-1042S or SSA-1099 for the tax year.