If you currently receive – or are planning to apply for – Social Security, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can now visit the Social Security Administration’s recently updated My Social Security portal to complete the following tasks online:
- Updating your personal information, including your phone number and address
- Requesting a replacement for a lost Social Security card
- Setting up direct deposit information
- Checking the status of your application
- Accessing details about benefits and payments
- Getting a personalized estimate on your future benefits or your spouse’s benefits
- Monitoring activity associated with your Social Security Number
Even for younger Americans who have not yet retired, evidence suggests that using the My Social Security portal can be a helpful way to prepare for retirement “by prompting individuals early and clearly about important information and actions for financial … planning,” according to researchers at the University of Michigan.
To sign up for a My Social Security account, visit the SSA website. You’ll need your Social Security number, a U.S. mailing address, and an email address.
Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
This material was prepared by the Academy of Special Needs Planners.