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by Ellen Blake
Create your personal my SOCIAL SECURITY account
Whether or not you receive social security benefits currently, a free and secure “My Social Security” account provides a variety of personalized tools. For example, with an account you can request a replacement Social Security card, check the status of an application, change your address, estimate future benefits or manage the benefits you already receive. The best part? You can do all this online from anywhere!
A free “My Social Security” account is quick and easy to setup. In fact, it takes less than 10 minutes and you get access to many other online services.
For those not currently receiving Social Security benefits
For those who are receiving benefits
- Set up or change direct deposit
- Get a Social Security 1099 (SSA-1099) form
- Opt out of mailed notices for those available online
- Print a benefit verification letter
- Change your address
Social Security keeps your information safe
Social Security understands people have security concerns. Rest assured, they carefully protect the information and resources entrusted to them, including your personal information and investment. For your protection, you’re the only one who can create a personal “My Social Security” account for yourself.
You will need to verify your identity when creating By providing personal information and responding to questions to which only you are likely to know the answers, you decrease the likelihood that someone else can access your account. Next, you create a username and password. Finally, you will confirm your email address or phone number by entering a one-time security code within 10 minutes of receiving it.
The bottom line
My Social Security is your online gateway to Social Security and provides many benefits. Free, easy to use and secure, there’s no reason not to setup an account. Apply online today!