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How to change your address on your Social Security Card

I get Social Security benefits and recently moved. How can I change my address on my Social Security record?

If you get Social Security benefits or are enrolled in Medicare, you can create a “my Social Security” account to change your address online.

For more info and other options, visit our online FAQ.


Social Security Online's 20th Anniversary

It’s time to celebrate and share! Social Security Online is having its 20th Anniversary.

From humble website beginnings in 1994 with 17,000 monthly visits, we’ve grown to over 17 million visits every month. Thanks to the information and services available, it has never been easier to conduct business with Social Security from the comfort of home. That’s why there are now almost 12 million my Social Security account holders, and more than half of the 10,000 retirement applications filed each day are filed online.

Our website has come a long way, and it’s always there for you when you need it.


How to correct your name on your Social Security Card

How do I correct my name (or date of birth) on my Social Security records?

You may correct your name or date of birth by completing an Application for a Social Security Card. For details and a downloadable PDF, visit our online FAQ.



Our fraud incidence rate is lower than 1%

Social Security works aggressively to prevent, detect and prosecute fraud. Together with the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security identifies and prosecutes those who commit fraud.

Our zero tolerance approach has resulted in a fraud incidence rate lower than 1%. #SSDIfacts

Learn more about our disability program online.


Avoid the long lines - Go online!

You may not need to visit a local Social Security office and take a number.

Check out all the things you can do online from home, office, or on the go.


More people qualify disability benefits

As experts projected for decades, the number of people who qualify for Social Security disability benefits has increased.

Factors such as baby boomers reaching their most disability-prone years and more women working and qualifying for disability benefits have contributed to this increase. #SSDIfacts

Learn more about our disability program online.


Check your earnings and more with my Social Security

Zip over to “my Social Security!” It’s a fast and easy way to check your earnings, review estimates of your future benefits, and much more.


Social Security disability payments are modest

For many people receiving disability benefits, their monthly payment represents the majority of their income.  Although the average monthly payment barely keeps a recipient over the poverty level, these payments make a huge difference in the lives of people who can no longer work. #SSDIfacts

Learn more about our disability program online.


Find a field office near you

While you can do a lot of Social Security business right here on the Internet, if you need to visit an office there’s no need to wander around the city.

Visit our online office locator first for the address and directions.
 Remember, many of our services are also available online.


Disability is unpredictable

Disability is unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any age.

Many serious medical conditions, such as cancer or mental illness, affect both young and elderly people.  In fact, 1 out of every 5 Americans lives with a disability.  As a result, they may need to rely on the Social Security disability program for income support.  Disability benefits provide a critical source of financial support to a person when he or she needs it most. #SSDIfacts

Learn more about our disability program online.


What documents do I need to apply for SSI?

What documents do I need to have ready to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

 To apply for SSI, you’ll need to provide information such as proof of age, income, and resources. For a full list of documents you will need, visit us online.


Having trouble reaching us by phone?

Are you having trouble reaching us by phone? On average, our 800 number may receive more than 327,000 calls a day. During fiscal year 2013, the network reached almost 85 million calls. Each call is important to us and we are working hard to answer as quickly as we can. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call after Tuesday, later in the day, or later in the month. We appreciate your patience.

Remember, many of our services are also available online.


The Social Security Act defines disability very strictly

A person is disabled under the Act if he or she cannot work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death.  The condition must also prevent the person from doing work he or she did in the past and from adjusting to a different type of work based on their education and prior work experience. #SSDIfacts

Learn more about our disability program online.


Estimate your retirement benefits

Our Retirement Estimator lets you change future scenarios as quickly as a pit crew can change a tire.

Visit our online estimator and try different retirement ages and future earnings.


Retire online and kick your summer off right

While you’re waiting for the grill to get hot, you can retire online and kick your summer off right.

That’s right; in the time it takes those coals to get red hot, you can complete a retirement application online. If your grill gets hot too soon, you can save your application and get back to it later.


SSDI is coverage that workers earn

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is coverage that workers earn.

Workers earn coverage for SSDI benefits by working and paying Social Security taxes on their earnings. Learn more about our disability program online.



Requirements for widow's benefits

What are the requirements for receiving disabled widow’s benefits?

Aside from needing to meet Social Security’s strict definition of disability, you must also be between the ages of 50 and 60. For a list of other requirements, visit our website.



Your contributions today will benefit you later in life

You have a bright future ahead of you. Social Security will be with you for the entire journey.

Learn about how contributing to Social Security now, benefits you later by visiting our website.


Need a form? Get it online!

Are you looking for a specific Social Security form? You can search them by name or number online by visiting out Forms page!


Relax - Our Online Services make it easy to do your business in minutes

Today is national #NoSocksDay. But this isn’t the only reason for kicking off your socks and walking around the house barefoot.

With all the Social Security services available online, you may never have to put shoes on and travel to visit your local office again.

So put your best foot forward and see all you can do with our online services.


Facts about disability

The facts about the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program may surprise you.  Join the conversation as friends and neighbors in your community share their stories.  Learn how you can help dispel the many misconceptions about the SSDI program.



Happy Mother's Day!

Mom, for all you do, this day’s for you! Social Security would like to thank Mothers everywhere for your care, help and guidance in improving the lives of your children. 

Learn more about how Social Security benefits women by visiting our website.


There are 4 parts to Medicare

I thought there were just 2 parts to Medicare, but my mom said there are more.  How many parts are there?

Your mom is right. But aren’t moms always right? There are 4 parts to Medicare: A, B, C, and D. You can read more about them on our FAQ. #SSAFAQ


Most Popular Baby Names of 2013

As promised! Here are the Most Popular Baby Names of 2013.  Congratulations Noah and Sophia on being #1!

That’s right, after over a decade of being #1, Jacob has been knocked out of the top spot!


Throw Back Thursday

This vintage poster announces the passage of the 1939 Social Security Amendments.

These amendments transformed Social Security from a retirement program for individual workers, into a family income security program—providing survivors and dependents benefits.

Learn about today’s survivors benefits here.


Coming soon: Our list of Most Popular Baby Names of 2013

Who do you think will be #1 this year?  Need some ideas? Check out the list of the Most Popular Baby Names of 2012 at www.socialsecurity.gov/babynames.

We invite you to check out our online services at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices while you’re having fun looking at last year’s top 10 names.


May is Mental Health Month

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the 225 conditions in our Compassionate Allowances list.  For those who file for disability benefits, this list allows us to quickly identify the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly.


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

On this day, we’d like to share with you an old Spanish-language proverb.

"Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente."

Loosely translated, it means “the shrimp that snoozes gets dragged by the tide and loses."

This proverb can be applied to planning for the future. Don’t fall asleep when it comes to saving for retirement. In addition to your Social Security retirement benefits, having personal savings, private pensions, and investments will you help deal with the tide of bills once you stop working. Learn more by visiting our Retirement Planner. 


If the max SSI payment is $721, why is mine lower?

I just got my first SSI payment. If the maximum monthly payment is $721, why is my benefit amount lower?

Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a needs based program. One of the things we consider when calculating your benefit amount is any other income you may have since it may reduce the basic SSI payment. But, income does not necessarily mean money from employment. Learn about the types of income we count and don’t count in our publication, Understanding SSI.


Reporting a change in your living arrangement

My grandfather who gets SSI is moving in with me. Does he have to report his move to Social Security?

Yes. Living arrangement is a factor we use to determine how much SSI a person receives. Learn more by visiting the FAQ. #SSAFAQ