By Tony Stutts
Social Security District Manager in Petersburg, WV
More than likely a person does not have to visit or call a Social Security office to do business. Social Security’s online services webpage at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices provides a wide variety of self-service options to use on one’s phone, tablet, or computer. A person can even apply for retirement, disability, or Medicare online.
To get the most out of the online experience, one will need a personal my Social Security account. With it, a person can:
- Get one’s Social Security Statement instantly.
- Request a replacement Social Security card, in nearly all states and the District of Columbia.
- Appeal a decision Social Security made on one’s claim.
- Find out if a person qualifies for benefits.
Already receiving benefits? If so, a person can use one’s personal my Social Security account to:
- Get one’s benefit verification letter for Social Security, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) instantly.
- Check one’s information and benefit amount.
- Change an address and telephone number.
- Start or change direct deposits.
- Request a replacement Medicare card.
- Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S instantly for tax season.
- Report wages if one works and receives disability benefits or SSI.
Create or sign in to one’s personal my Social Security account today at www.ssa.gov/myaccount to take advantage of these easy-to-use features.