If you receive or will receive Social Security benefits, and you have access to the Internet, It is a good idea to open a “My Social Security” account. My Social Security is an online service provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). With a My Social Security account you can keep track of and manage your SSA benefits as well as make changes to your Social Security record. Things like earnings history and current or future benefits can easily be managed and reviewed with a My Social Security account.
You can check the status of your application online at the SSA website. It takes a minute or so to locate a particular file, but this is the most convenient and fastest way to find out the status of your application. You’ll need to create a “my Social Security” account online, which should take only a short time.
Instructions on Opening a My Social Security Account
Before you get started you will need a valid email address and your Social Security number to create an account.
My Social Security Account Features
A My Social Security account online is useful even before you begin the process of collecting benefits. Things like annual earnings history estimated future benefits can be viewed, giving you a better perspective on how your SSI will play out (once you begin collecting). You can even use the account to track the status of an application that was recently submitted.
There are many more things you can do with a My Social Security Account…
a My Social Security account is incredibly useful and shows us just how much of an impact the internet has had on our infrastructure. However, you cannot set up a My Social Security account if you have a security freeze or fraud alert on your credit report. If this happens, you may need to consult with an attorney who specializes in social security cases.
About the author: Mark J. Palmiere, Esq. Social Security Disability Attorney Mark J. Palmiere focuses his law practice on Social Security Disability law. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of law and has been admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Western District of New York since 1993. To Learn more about how Mark can help you with a Social Security Disability claim please visit his website MarkPalmiereLaw.com