Guest Article Written By Kirk Larson – Social Security Public Affairs representative in the Washington State
Have you visited the redesigned SSA.gov yet? In December 2022, we updated our homepage with a new design to help you find what you need more easily.
Now, with improved self-service accessibility to online services, you might not have to call or visit an office to get what you need. This helps our staff focus on serving customers who need in-person assistance.
Check eligibility for benefits
The new benefit eligibility screener is a convenient and simple way for you to learn if you might be eligible for benefits.
Save time on Social Security number (SSN) and card online services
If you lose your SSN card, you may not need a replacement. In most cases, simply knowing your SSN is enough. If you do need a replacement card, you may be able to request it online by visiting our Social Security Number and Card page. You can also start an application for an updated card or request an SSN for the first time. You may never need to go to an office, but if you do need to visit an office to complete the application then you can save a lot of time by starting online.
Start an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
You can start the application process online and request an appointment to apply for SSI benefits by answering a few questions on our SSI page.
Apply for Social Security benefits and other online services
For most benefits, you can apply online or start an application online. In many cases, there are no forms to sign. We will review the application and contact you with any questions or if we need more information. Visit our Online Services page to apply for retirement, disability, or Medicare.
Create a personal my Social Security account.
If your loved one is planning for retirement or interested in estimating their future benefits, they can create a free and secure my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount and view their Social Security Statement.
Check the status of a pending application for benefits.
Checking the status of an application is quick and easy with a personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one at www.ssa.gov/myaccount
To read other articles written by Kirk, check out Benefits After Incarceration