learn about social securities online tools

With the aging population becoming increasingly tech-savvy, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has moved a lot of services online. From applying for Social Security benefits to replacing a card, the SSA has online tools to help.

To access most of the online services, you need to create a my Social Security account. This account allows you to receive personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings, see your latest statement, and review your earnings history. You can also request a replacement Social Security card, check the status of an application, get direct deposit, or change your address. If you are a representative payee, you can use my Social Security to complete representative payee accounting reports. Even if you don’t get benefits, you can use the account to request a benefit verification letter.

In addition to my Social Security, other online services are available, including the following:

Apply for retirement, Medicare, and disability benefits
Apply for Supplemental Security Income in some circumstances
Appeal a medical decision or a non-medical decision
Find out what benefits you qualify for
Estimate future benefits
Find your full retirement age
Block electronic access to your Social Security information

For a full rundown of the online services available, click here.

For more information about Social Security, click here.