my Social Security | Create an Account

To create a my Social Security account, you’ll be asked to:

  1. Verify your identity by providing personal information about yourself and answering questions that only you are likely to know.
  2. Create a username and password you’ll use to access your online account.
  3. Confirm your email address or phone number by entering a one-time security code within 10 minutes of receiving it in order to help keep your personal information safe.

Do you have a security freeze or fraud alert on your credit report?

If you have a security freeze, fraud alert, or both on your credit report, you can still open a my Social Security account by temporarily lifting it.

  1. Contact our Identity Services Provider and request that they temporarily lift your security freeze or fraud alert.
  2. Create a my Social Security account online after lifting the security freeze or fraud alert.
  3. Reinstate the security freeze or fraud alert with the Identity Services Provider if needed. When you request a temporary lift of your credit freeze or fraud alert, the Identity Services Provider may automatically reinstate it after your temporary lift expires.

If you don’t want to temporarily lift your security freeze or fraud alert, you can visit your local Social Security office to open an account in person. For more information on security freezes and fraud alerts, read the Federal Trade Commission’s Credit Freeze FAQs.

Your personal my Social Security account is for your use only

Social Security is dedicated to protecting the information and resources entrusted to us, including your personal information and investment. For your protection, you’re the only one who can create your personal my Social Security account for your own exclusive use. No one can create or use an account on your behalf, even with written permission. Don’t share the use of your account with anyone else under any circumstances, as unauthorized use of this service is a misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government and could subject you to criminal or civil penalties, or both.