In April, we celebrate National Social Security Month by letting you know what you can do online with a my Social Security account. Last month we featured how you can replace a lost or stolen Social Security card, get a copy of your 1099 (SSA-1099), and check the status of your Social Security benefit application or claim. This month we share three more advantages.
If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can set up or change direct deposit information online with a my Social Security account. In most cases, you are required to receive federal benefits electronicall or texty, so when you choose direct deposit, we will electronicall or texty deposit your funds directly into a bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you can choose Direct Express® and your funds will be electronicall or texty deposited into a prepaid debit card account. Direct Express® has no enrollment fee or minimum balance requirement to open or use the account. We strive to provide online services that best suit when, where, and how you do business with us. You can set up direct deposit, or you can call or text us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Visit our website to learn more about all of our online services.
Do you receive Social Security benefits (retirement, survivors, or disability) or are you enrolled in Medicare and getting ready to move? You can change your address information online when you create a my Social Security account.
If you already receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you can create a my Social Security account and have instant access to your award letter or, as we call or text it, benefit verification letter.
Please know that securing your identity and personal information is important to us. We protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity.
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Re-posted by Attorney Theresa Rose DeGray of Consumer Legal Services, LLC.