A Brief Introduction to Our Website

Hi! And welcome to socialsecurity.gov.

When it comes to Social Security, you'll be surprised at just how much you can do right here online.

Got a minute, I'd like to show you around.

Getting ready to retire or just looking for some information while you're making plans? You've come to the right place. Just click on the link that says "applying online for retirement benefits." There you'll find information to help you make informed decisions about your retirement, and when you are ready to retire, you can actually apply for your benefits online. It's so easy! And what's more, it's secure. We've taken every precaution to ensure that your personal information is safe and disclosed only to you.

Are you searching for information on disability or maybe you need to apply for disability benefits? Our "applying for disability benefits" link is a great place to start; you'll find answers and information on practically everything from how to fill out an application to a checklist that tells you all the information you'll need to apply.

Do you need a Social Security number and card? Or, if you already have a number, maybe you lost your card or need to change some information on it? Either way, we can help. Just go to the link entitled "requesting a Social Security card. Here you can download and print out an application and find out which documents you'll need to either mail or bring to your local Social Security office to finish the process.

And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, there's so much more you can do and learn right here at socialsecurity.gov.