The my Social Security account is a free, secure online service provided by the SSA that allows individuals to access their Social Security statements, view and update their personal information, and manage their benefits. The service is available 24/7 and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection.
How to Set Up my Social Security Account Online?
Securely setting up your my Social Security account can be completed in a few simple steps. Before you get started, here is what you'll need on hand to set up your account:
• Your Social Security number
• A valid U.S. mailing address
• An email address
Step 1: Visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount, select the “Create an Account” button.
Step 2: Create a credential with one of our two credential partners, Login.gov or ID.me. If you have a Login.gov or ID.me account, you can select the appropriate button to access your personal my Social Security account.
Step 3: If you don’t have a Login.gov or ID.me account, select the“Create an Account” link to create a Login.gov credential to access your personal my Social Security account.
Step 4: If you create a new Login.gov credential, you will still need to provide us some personal information to verify your identity. You will also receive an activation code to complete the process.
Step 5: Read and agree to the my Social Security Terms of Service prior to accessing your account.
Step 6: Now that you have successfully created your personal mySocialSecurity account, choose email or text under Message Center Preferences to receive courtesy notifications for notices and messages from the SSA.
Once you create an account, you can use the website to:
• View your Social Security Statement: This statement provides you with a summary of your earnings history and estimates of your future benefits. It is important to review your statement regularly to make sure that your earnings have been accurately reported and to ensure that you are on track to receive the benefits you are entitled to.
• Apply for benefits: Individuals can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online. The online application process is faster and more convenient than applying in person or by phone.
• Check your benefit status: The website allows you to check the status of your retirement, disability, or survivor benefits. You can also see when your next payment is due and how much you will receive.
• Update your personal information: You can use the website to update your address, phone number, and direct deposit information. This ensures that the SSA can contact you and pay your benefits in a timely and accurate manner.
• Get important updates: The SSA regularly posts important updates about Social Security benefits and programs on the website. By logging in to your account, you can stay up-to-date on any changes that may affect you.
The my Social Security account is a convenient tool for managing Social Security benefits. It saves individuals time and eliminates the need to visit a Social Security office or wait on hold on the phone. The online service is also secure and uses two-factor authentication to protect individuals' personal information.