Social Security Online
- Report a death or birth.
- Marriage, divorce, and name changes.
- Apply for a lost Social Security card.
Whether you want to apply for Social Security benefits, replace a lost Medicare card, or estimate your future retirement benefits, you can visit the official Web site of the U.S. Social Security Administration to get the ball rolling. Social Security Online provides information about Social Security records, retirement, Medicare, disability and SSI, widows and widowers, and family status changes.
Avoid the lines at your local Social Security office by taking care of business online at SSA.gov. Here you can request a statement of your contributions and benefits, download an application for a duplicate Social Security card if yours is lost or stolen, and find out how to change your name on your records.
SSA.gov offers an online benefits calculator to help you see if your retirement planning is on track - and you can even apply for benefits online. You can also find out whether you qualify for Medicare benefits, and you can apply online for help with prescription drug costs to ensure that you receive benefits as quickly as possible. Those who need to apply for disability benefits can also save time (and avoid a visit to an SSA office) by doing so through SSA.gov.
Skip the voicemail system by finding out how to report a birth or a death right here on the Social Security Web site. Once you have chosen a password, you can even handle tasks as mundane as changing your address or phone number online. If you have any questions, the site's Frequently Asked Questions drop-down menu, as well as other helpful links, can point you in the right direction.
Click here to visit SSA.gov.