Being a citizen of the United States confers a great number of benefits. Among those benefits is the ability to collect Social Security. There are several forms of Social Security and they all have their requirements. Fortunately, we can know those requirements in order to apply for the benefit that will belong to us in the future.
So if you want to know all the information that belongs to you in the Social Security the best thing you can do is to have an online account. This account is totally free and it is very easy to do. In addition, it has many benefits and helps us to know at all times the current status of our benefits. There are no excuses for not having one.
The easiest way to create a My Social Security online account
Through a new system created on login.gov you can have an account that allows you to log in to Social Security. This account is totally free and is very easy to do. To get one, you only need three items:
- A Social Security number
- A valid email address
- A physical address in the United States (military zones are included)
Having all this information, simply log on to the website and apply for a new account. If you already have an account, enter your username and password. When creating a new account you will have to wait a few days to receive all the data. When the data is confirmed, you will be able to access your Social Security account.
What data can you see in the SSA account?
Within the My Social Security account you can find several different items. So you can check the data related to your retirement benefit below:
- You can get your benefit verification letter.
- Change your address and phone number.
- Start or change your direct deposit.
- Request a replacement Medicare card.
- Obtain a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.
- Opting for the notices available online.
But the list of possibilities doesn’t end there. Also, if you are not collecting any SSA benefits, you can also make use of your account:
- Check the status of your application or appeal.
- Obtain a benefit verification letter stating that you:
- – Never received Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare benefits.
- – You received benefits in the past, but are not currently receiving them (The letter includes the date your benefits stopped and how much you received that year).
- – You applied for benefits but have not yet received a decision.