Social Security makes some changes

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Social Security Administration, News Release

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To meet the increasing demands for service, Social Security needs to make changes to how it provides some services to customers.

To protect the integrity of the Social Security number and prevent fraud, Social Security will discontinue providing number printouts effective Aug. 1, 2014.

If you need proof of your Social Security number and you do not have your Social Security card, you will need to request a replacement Social Security card by completing the “Application for a Social Security Card,” Form SS-5, and providing the required documentation.

Benefit verifications have been available online since January 2013, and now you can save a trip to a field office by getting an instant letter online with a personal “my Social Security” account, or you may continue to call toll-free to request a letter by mail.

How to get replacement cards
Your Social Security card is your legal proof of your Social Security number. If you need proof of your number, and you can’t find your card, you will need a replacement card.

To get a replacement card, complete the “Application for a Social Security Card,” Form SS-5, at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. You also will need documents proving your identity, age and citizenship or lawful immigration status.

In most cases, you can take, or mail, your completed application and original documents to any Social Security office.

Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/locator to find the Social Security office or Social Security Card Center that serves your area.

After processing, we will return your documents to you.

How to get benefit verification letters
If you need proof of your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you can get a benefit verification letter online instantly through a “my Social Security” account. To create an account, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

With my Social Security, you can easily view, print or save an official letter that includes proof of your benefit amount and type, Medicare start date and withholding amount (if applicable), and your age.

Telephone
Call Social Security, toll-free, at (800) 772-1213 and ask for helpful publications.

Online
To learn about the many convenient online services available to you, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

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