Knock your socks off with Social Security’s online services
By Edward I Cariuty
assistant district manager
May 8 is National No Socks Day. It may be a good day to visit Social Security online at www.socialsecurity.gov, because we have some online services that will knock your socks off.
National No Socks Day is a day for celebrating the freedom of the foot. We encourage you to walk around your house barefoot all day and to take care of your business online. If you have Social Security business, it’ll be as easy as a barefoot walk in the park.
What can you do at www.socialsecurity.gov? Try these online services on for size.
Create an online my Social Security account, and you can use it to do all kinds of Social Security activities. During your working years, you can use my Social Security to view your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. If you already get benefits, you can use my Social Security to get a proof of benefits letter, change your address or phone number on our records, start or change your direct deposit information and check your benefit and payment information. Get your feet wet at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Replace your lost or stolen Social Security card. Find out how at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.
Apply for retirement benefits with an online application that you can complete and submit in as little as 15 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. Once you complete and submit the electronic application, in most cases, that’s it-no more papers to sign or documents to provide.
Apply for disability benefits with a secure, convenient online application available at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability.
Want to get a leg up on what Social Security can do for you? We have an entire library of free publications in both PDF and audio format atwww.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. You can read our publications on your computer, tablet or mobile device whenever it’s convenient for you.
As you’re wiggling your toes and barefooting around the house, you may just want to do some fun things online. We’ve got those, too. For example, read about the most popular baby names of the year, decade or century at www.socialsecurity.gov/ babynames. You can even plug in your birth year to see where your name stands.
Brush up on your Social Security history with videos, articles and games at www.socialsecurity.gov/history
You can do business with us over the Internet on any day-not just National No Socks Day. But if you do, be careful-our online services are likely to knock your socks off any time you visit www.socialsecurity.gov