List of Social Security Offices in Alaska

On this page, you will find a list of the 3 Social Security office locations in Alaska.

If you need help with any Social Security problems in Alaska, including questions about your social security benefits or how to get a new social security card, this directory will give you all the information you need.

Choose one of the cities below to find the Social Security office details you need to visit or make an appointment. We provide the local phone number, the address with a map, and the office hours they are open.

Cities in Alaska with No Social Security Offices

If you live in a city that doesn't have a Social Security office, you can find your nearest office using the table below, along with the distance from your city.

City Nearest Office Distance
Adak Anchorage, Alaska 1,197 miles
Akhiok Anchorage, Alaska 332 miles
Akiachak Anchorage, Alaska 387 miles
Akiak Anchorage, Alaska 380 miles
Akutan Anchorage, Alaska 763 miles
Alakanuk Anchorage, Alaska 490 miles
Alatna Fairbanks, Alaska 189 miles
Alcan Border Fairbanks, Alaska 248 miles
Aleknagik Anchorage, Alaska 329 miles
Aleneva Anchorage, Alaska 243 miles
Allakaket Fairbanks, Alaska 185 miles
Ambler Fairbanks, Alaska 326 miles
Anaktuvuk Pass Fairbanks, Alaska 255 miles
Anchor Point Anchorage, Alaska 120 miles
Anderson Fairbanks, Alaska 56 miles
Angoon Juneau, Alaska 56 miles
Aniak Anchorage, Alaska 321 miles
Anvik Anchorage, Alaska 351 miles
Arctic Village Fairbanks, Alaska 236 miles
Atka Anchorage, Alaska 1,106 miles
Atmautluak Anchorage, Alaska 416 miles
Atqasuk Fairbanks, Alaska 465 miles
Attu Station Anchorage, Alaska 1,480 miles
Badger Fairbanks, Alaska 6 miles
Bear Creek Anchorage, Alaska 75 miles
Beaver Fairbanks, Alaska 108 miles
Beluga Anchorage, Alaska 43 miles
Bethel Anchorage, Alaska 400 miles
Bettles Fairbanks, Alaska 180 miles
Big Delta Fairbanks, Alaska 73 miles
Big Lake Anchorage, Alaska 23 miles
Birch Creek Fairbanks, Alaska 112 miles
Brevig Mission Fairbanks, Alaska 548 miles
Buckland Fairbanks, Alaska 394 miles
Buffalo Soapstone Anchorage, Alaska 41 miles
Butte Anchorage, Alaska 36 miles
Cantwell Fairbanks, Alaska 107 miles
Central Fairbanks, Alaska 99 miles
Chalkyitsik Fairbanks, Alaska 169 miles
Chase Anchorage, Alaska 86 miles
Chefornak Anchorage, Alaska 493 miles
Chena Ridge Fairbanks, Alaska 10 miles
Chenega Anchorage, Alaska 101 miles
Chevak Anchorage, Alaska 521 miles
Chickaloon Anchorage, Alaska 62 miles
Chicken Fairbanks, Alaska 181 miles
Chignik Anchorage, Alaska 457 miles
Chignik Lagoon Anchorage, Alaska 460 miles
Chignik Lake Anchorage, Alaska 468 miles
Chiniak Anchorage, Alaska 261 miles
Chisana Fairbanks, Alaska 258 miles
Chistochina Fairbanks, Alaska 177 miles
Chitina Anchorage, Alaska 191 miles
Chuathbaluk Anchorage, Alaska 311 miles
Circle Fairbanks, Alaska 126 miles
Clam Gulch Anchorage, Alaska 85 miles
Clark's Point Anchorage, Alaska 341 miles
Coffman Cove Juneau, Alaska 169 miles
Cohoe Anchorage, Alaska 76 miles
Cold Bay Anchorage, Alaska 626 miles
Coldfoot Fairbanks, Alaska 181 miles
College Fairbanks, Alaska 3 miles
Cooper Landing Anchorage, Alaska 50 miles
Copper Center Anchorage, Alaska 159 miles
Cordova Anchorage, Alaska 151 miles
Covenant Life Juneau, Alaska 96 miles
Craig Juneau, Alaska 201 miles
Crooked Creek Anchorage, Alaska 275 miles
Crown Point Anchorage, Alaska 58 miles
Deering Fairbanks, Alaska 440 miles
Delta Junction Fairbanks, Alaska 81 miles
Deltana Fairbanks, Alaska 101 miles
Denali Park Fairbanks, Alaska 85 miles
Diamond Ridge Anchorage, Alaska 121 miles
Dillingham Anchorage, Alaska 332 miles
Diomede Fairbanks, Alaska 615 miles
Dot Lake Fairbanks, Alaska 137 miles
Dot Lake Village Fairbanks, Alaska 138 miles
Dry Creek Fairbanks, Alaska 123 miles
Eagle Fairbanks, Alaska 192 miles
Eagle Village Fairbanks, Alaska 195 miles
Eareckson Station Anchorage, Alaska 1,459 miles
Edna Bay Juneau, Alaska 165 miles
Eek Anchorage, Alaska 417 miles
Egegik Anchorage, Alaska 334 miles
Eielson AFB Fairbanks, Alaska 22 miles
Ekwok Anchorage, Alaska 291 miles
Elfin Cove Juneau, Alaska 71 miles
Elim Fairbanks, Alaska 430 miles
Emmonak Anchorage, Alaska 488 miles
Ester Fairbanks, Alaska 9 miles
Eureka Roadhouse Anchorage, Alaska 103 miles
Evansville Fairbanks, Alaska 180 miles
Excursion Inlet Juneau, Alaska 38 miles
False Pass Anchorage, Alaska 661 miles
Farmers Loop Fairbanks, Alaska 5 miles
Farm Loop Anchorage, Alaska 38 miles
Ferry Fairbanks, Alaska 71 miles
Fishhook Anchorage, Alaska 41 miles
Flat Anchorage, Alaska 279 miles
Fort Greely Fairbanks, Alaska 85 miles
Fort Yukon Fairbanks, Alaska 138 miles
Four Mile Road Fairbanks, Alaska 45 miles
Fox Fairbanks, Alaska 9 miles
Fox River Anchorage, Alaska 101 miles
Fritz Creek Anchorage, Alaska 113 miles
Funny River Anchorage, Alaska 58 miles
Gakona Anchorage, Alaska 170 miles
Galena Fairbanks, Alaska 272 miles
Gambell Anchorage, Alaska 718 miles
Game Creek Juneau, Alaska 43 miles
Gateway Anchorage, Alaska 33 miles
Glacier View Anchorage, Alaska 83 miles
Glennallen Anchorage, Alaska 148 miles
Goldstream Fairbanks, Alaska 12 miles
Golovin Fairbanks, Alaska 454 miles
Goodnews Bay Anchorage, Alaska 428 miles
Grayling Anchorage, Alaska 350 miles
Gulkana Anchorage, Alaska 162 miles
Gustavus Juneau, Alaska 49 miles
Haines Juneau, Alaska 74 miles
Halibut Cove Anchorage, Alaska 121 miles
Happy Valley Anchorage, Alaska 108 miles
Harding-Birch Lakes Fairbanks, Alaska 47 miles
Healy Fairbanks, Alaska 78 miles
Healy Lake Fairbanks, Alaska 108 miles
Hobart Bay Juneau, Alaska 70 miles
Hollis Juneau, Alaska 202 miles
Holy Cross Anchorage, Alaska 332 miles
Homer Anchorage, Alaska 123 miles
Hoonah Juneau, Alaska 40 miles
Hooper Bay Anchorage, Alaska 538 miles
Hope Anchorage, Alaska 22 miles
Houston Anchorage, Alaska 29 miles
Hughes Fairbanks, Alaska 206 miles
Huslia Fairbanks, Alaska 259 miles
Hydaburg Juneau, Alaska 222 miles
Hyder Juneau, Alaska 234 miles
Igiugig Anchorage, Alaska 244 miles
Iliamna Anchorage, Alaska 199 miles
Ivanof Bay Anchorage, Alaska 505 miles
Kachemak Anchorage, Alaska 120 miles
Kake Juneau, Alaska 93 miles
Kaktovik Fairbanks, Alaska 382 miles
Kalifornsky Anchorage, Alaska 73 miles
Kaltag Fairbanks, Alaska 329 miles
Karluk Anchorage, Alaska 299 miles
Kasaan Juneau, Alaska 206 miles
Kasigluk Anchorage, Alaska 424 miles
Kasilof Anchorage, Alaska 77 miles
Kenai Anchorage, Alaska 65 miles
Kenny Lake Anchorage, Alaska 170 miles
Ketchikan Juneau, Alaska 230 miles
Kiana Fairbanks, Alaska 388 miles
King Cove Anchorage, Alaska 621 miles
King Salmon Anchorage, Alaska 293 miles
Kipnuk Anchorage, Alaska 489 miles
Kivalina Fairbanks, Alaska 508 miles
Klawock Juneau, Alaska 197 miles
Klukwan Juneau, Alaska 93 miles
Knik-Fairview Anchorage, Alaska 22 miles
Knik River Anchorage, Alaska 34 miles
Kobuk Fairbanks, Alaska 297 miles
Kodiak Anchorage, Alaska 253 miles
Kodiak Station Anchorage, Alaska 257 miles
Kokhanok Anchorage, Alaska 207 miles
Koliganek Anchorage, Alaska 273 miles
Kongiganak Anchorage, Alaska 451 miles
Kotlik Anchorage, Alaska 460 miles
Kotzebue Fairbanks, Alaska 444 miles
Koyuk Fairbanks, Alaska 395 miles
Koyukuk Fairbanks, Alaska 294 miles
Kupreanof Juneau, Alaska 116 miles
Kwethluk Anchorage, Alaska 389 miles
Kwigillingok Anchorage, Alaska 461 miles
Lake Louise Anchorage, Alaska 132 miles
Lake Minchumina Fairbanks, Alaska 153 miles
Larsen Bay Anchorage, Alaska 292 miles
Lazy Mountain Anchorage, Alaska 42 miles
Levelock Anchorage, Alaska 281 miles
Lime Village Anchorage, Alaska 185 miles
Livengood Fairbanks, Alaska 53 miles
Loring Juneau, Alaska 214 miles
Lowell Point Anchorage, Alaska 80 miles
Lower Kalskag Anchorage, Alaska 348 miles
Lutak Juneau, Alaska 83 miles
Manley Hot Springs Fairbanks, Alaska 87 miles
Manokotak Anchorage, Alaska 352 miles
Marshall Anchorage, Alaska 405 miles
McCarthy Anchorage, Alaska 234 miles
McGrath Anchorage, Alaska 221 miles
Meadow Lakes Anchorage, Alaska 30 miles
Mekoryuk Anchorage, Alaska 553 miles
Mendeltna Anchorage, Alaska 121 miles
Mentasta Lake Fairbanks, Alaska 179 miles
Mertarvik Anchorage, Alaska 491 miles
Metlakatla Juneau, Alaska 245 miles
Mill Bay Anchorage, Alaska 251 miles
Minto Fairbanks, Alaska 53 miles
Moose Creek Fairbanks, Alaska 19 miles
Moose Pass Anchorage, Alaska 53 miles
Mosquito Lake Juneau, Alaska 104 miles
Mountain Village Anchorage, Alaska 459 miles
Mud Bay Juneau, Alaska 69 miles
Nabesna Fairbanks, Alaska 217 miles
Naknek Anchorage, Alaska 301 miles
Nanwalek Anchorage, Alaska 146 miles
Napakiak Anchorage, Alaska 407 miles
Napaskiak Anchorage, Alaska 401 miles
Naukati Bay Juneau, Alaska 174 miles
Nelchina Anchorage, Alaska 115 miles
Nelson Lagoon Anchorage, Alaska 544 miles
Nenana Fairbanks, Alaska 45 miles
Newhalen Anchorage, Alaska 200 miles
New Stuyahok Anchorage, Alaska 282 miles
Newtok Anchorage, Alaska 494 miles
Nightmute Anchorage, Alaska 503 miles
Nikiski Anchorage, Alaska 60 miles
Nikolaevsk Anchorage, Alaska 114 miles
Nikolai Anchorage, Alaska 192 miles
Nikolski Anchorage, Alaska 911 miles
Ninilchik Anchorage, Alaska 101 miles
Noatak Fairbanks, Alaska 466 miles
Nome Fairbanks, Alaska 524 miles
Nondalton Anchorage, Alaska 189 miles
Noorvik Fairbanks, Alaska 402 miles
North Lakes Anchorage, Alaska 34 miles
North Pole Fairbanks, Alaska 12 miles
Northway Fairbanks, Alaska 219 miles
Nuiqsut Fairbanks, Alaska 383 miles
Nulato Fairbanks, Alaska 307 miles
Nunam Iqua Anchorage, Alaska 496 miles
Nunapitchuk Anchorage, Alaska 422 miles
Old Harbor Anchorage, Alaska 303 miles
Oscarville Anchorage, Alaska 401 miles
Ouzinkie Anchorage, Alaska 246 miles
Palmer Anchorage, Alaska 37 miles
Paxson Fairbanks, Alaska 142 miles
Pedro Bay Anchorage, Alaska 175 miles
Pelican Juneau, Alaska 70 miles
Perryville Anchorage, Alaska 496 miles
Petersburg Juneau, Alaska 117 miles
Petersville Anchorage, Alaska 93 miles
Pilot Point Anchorage, Alaska 371 miles
Pilot Station Anchorage, Alaska 431 miles
Pitkas Point Anchorage, Alaska 445 miles
Platinum Anchorage, Alaska 439 miles
Pleasant Valley Fairbanks, Alaska 25 miles
Point Baker Juneau, Alaska 138 miles
Point Hope Fairbanks, Alaska 575 miles
Point Lay Fairbanks, Alaska 530 miles
Point MacKenzie Anchorage, Alaska 11 miles
Point Possession Anchorage, Alaska 34 miles
Pope-Vannoy Landing Anchorage, Alaska 193 miles
Portage Creek Anchorage, Alaska 314 miles
Port Alexander Juneau, Alaska 142 miles
Port Alsworth Anchorage, Alaska 166 miles
Port Clarence Fairbanks, Alaska 559 miles
Port Graham Anchorage, Alaska 145 miles
Port Heiden Anchorage, Alaska 429 miles
Port Lions Anchorage, Alaska 254 miles
Port Protection Juneau, Alaska 141 miles
Primrose Anchorage, Alaska 64 miles
Prudhoe Bay Fairbanks, Alaska 376 miles
Quinhagak Anchorage, Alaska 423 miles
Rampart Fairbanks, Alaska 85 miles
Red Devil Anchorage, Alaska 249 miles
Red Dog Mine Fairbanks, Alaska 474 miles
Ridgeway Anchorage, Alaska 62 miles
Ruby Fairbanks, Alaska 230 miles
Russian Mission Anchorage, Alaska 380 miles
Salamatof Anchorage, Alaska 64 miles
Salcha Fairbanks, Alaska 32 miles
Sand Point Anchorage, Alaska 560 miles
Savoonga Anchorage, Alaska 679 miles
Saxman Juneau, Alaska 233 miles
Scammon Bay Anchorage, Alaska 519 miles
Selawik Fairbanks, Alaska 371 miles
Seldovia Anchorage, Alaska 138 miles
Seldovia Village Anchorage, Alaska 135 miles
Seward Anchorage, Alaska 78 miles
Shageluk Anchorage, Alaska 331 miles
Shaktoolik Fairbanks, Alaska 401 miles
Shishmaref Fairbanks, Alaska 534 miles
Shungnak Fairbanks, Alaska 302 miles
Silver Springs Anchorage, Alaska 159 miles
Sitka Juneau, Alaska 93 miles
Skagway Juneau, Alaska 86 miles
Skwentna Anchorage, Alaska 73 miles
Slana Fairbanks, Alaska 200 miles
Sleetmute Anchorage, Alaska 244 miles
Soldotna Anchorage, Alaska 64 miles
South Lakes Anchorage, Alaska 32 miles
South Naknek Anchorage, Alaska 301 miles
South Van Horn Fairbanks, Alaska 3 miles
Stebbins Anchorage, Alaska 429 miles
Steele Creek Fairbanks, Alaska 10 miles
Sterling Anchorage, Alaska 55 miles
Stevens Village Fairbanks, Alaska 90 miles
St. George Anchorage, Alaska 769 miles
St. Mary's Anchorage, Alaska 443 miles
St. Michael Anchorage, Alaska 421 miles
Stony River Anchorage, Alaska 225 miles
St. Paul Anchorage, Alaska 774 miles
Sunrise Anchorage, Alaska 27 miles
Susitna Anchorage, Alaska 31 miles
Susitna North Anchorage, Alaska 65 miles
Sutton-Alpine Anchorage, Alaska 50 miles
Takotna Anchorage, Alaska 235 miles
Talkeetna Anchorage, Alaska 77 miles
Tanacross Fairbanks, Alaska 166 miles
Tanaina Anchorage, Alaska 32 miles
Tanana Fairbanks, Alaska 130 miles
Tatitlek Anchorage, Alaska 110 miles
Tazlina Anchorage, Alaska 157 miles
Teller Fairbanks, Alaska 545 miles
Tenakee Springs Juneau, Alaska 46 miles
Tetlin Fairbanks, Alaska 197 miles
Thorne Bay Juneau, Alaska 195 miles
Togiak Anchorage, Alaska 391 miles
Tok Fairbanks, Alaska 177 miles
Toksook Bay Anchorage, Alaska 515 miles
Tolsona Anchorage, Alaska 137 miles
Tonsina Anchorage, Alaska 160 miles
Trapper Creek Anchorage, Alaska 77 miles
Tuluksak Anchorage, Alaska 370 miles
Tuntutuliak Anchorage, Alaska 436 miles
Tununak Anchorage, Alaska 519 miles
Twin Hills Anchorage, Alaska 387 miles
Two Rivers Fairbanks, Alaska 20 miles
Tyonek Anchorage, Alaska 43 miles
Ugashik Anchorage, Alaska 368 miles
Unalakleet Anchorage, Alaska 394 miles
Unalaska Anchorage, Alaska 797 miles
Upper Kalskag Anchorage, Alaska 348 miles
Utqiaġvik Fairbanks, Alaska 502 miles
Valdez Anchorage, Alaska 120 miles
Venetie Fairbanks, Alaska 155 miles
Wainwright Fairbanks, Alaska 514 miles
Wales Fairbanks, Alaska 592 miles
Wasilla Anchorage, Alaska 29 miles
Whale Pass Juneau, Alaska 159 miles
White Mountain Fairbanks, Alaska 463 miles
Whitestone Fairbanks, Alaska 72 miles
Whitestone Logging Camp Juneau, Alaska 40 miles
Whittier Anchorage, Alaska 51 miles
Willow Anchorage, Alaska 37 miles
Willow Creek Anchorage, Alaska 161 miles
Wiseman Fairbanks, Alaska 190 miles
Womens Bay Anchorage, Alaska 263 miles
Wrangell Juneau, Alaska 148 miles
Yakutat Juneau, Alaska 209 miles

All adult Americans will at some point in their lives come into contact with the Social Security Agency (SSA) for one reason or another. It may be as simple as dealing with your social security number to claim benefits based on retirement or some disability that may hinder your ability to work.

There are over 1400 Social Security Agency offices nationwide including regional, field, card centers and teleservices locations. Many of these locations are located in major towns and cities. Frequently your local SSA will be busy so it is important to know what you want and what you need to supply in order to get it.

In this post we will look at the services offered by the Social Security Agency and some of the requirements to obtain those services. It is always wise to know the rules at your local SSA offices to make sure you have a quick and trouble free visit.

What Is the Social Security Administration?

The social security administration (SSA) is an independent government agency that administers social security. It is an insurance program that consists of retirement, disability and survivor benefits. In order to qualify for these benefits most workers pay into the system through social security taxes.

The head offices of the social security agency are located in Woodlawn, Maryland and is referred to as the Central Office. There are tens of thousands of workers employed by the social security agency and it is the largest government program in the United States.

It is estimated that by the end of the 2022 fiscal year the agency will have paid out $1.2 trillion in benefits to 66 million citizens and legal residents of the United States. An additional 61 billion is expected in SSI benefits and 7.5 million to low-income individuals.

This government agency is a vital part of the country's economy and without it millions of already struggling Americans would have nothing. It is a program that many have paid into for decades in preparation for retirement and as an insurance policy against sudden disability.

History of the Social Security Agency

On August 14th 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law as part of his New Deal initiative. This led to the creation of the Social Security Board (SSB), a presidentially appointed group of three executives tasked with overseeing the social security program.

With zero budget, staff or even furniture the SSB finally obtained funding from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. It was on October 14th 1936 that the first social security office opened its doors in Austin, Texas.

In January of 1937 social security taxes were first collected. Just a few years later the first social security check was issued to Ida Mary Fuller of Battleboro, Vermont. Ida’s check was dated January 31st 1940 and she received $22.54.

The SSB in 1939 merged with the U.S. Public Health Service, the Civilian Conservation Corp and other government agencies to become the Federal Security Agency. In 1846 under President Harry S. Truman the SSB was named the Social Security Administration SSA.

In 1953 the Federal Security Agency was dismantled and the SSA was placed under the banner of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Finally in 1994 President Bill Clinton made the Social Security Administration an independent body once again.

Field Office Services

The field offices are your everyday walk in the SSA office where you can go to deal with a whole host of requirements. Depending on location you may be able to walk in or you may require an appointment. These offices are frequently busy so setting an appointment may help you save time.

New or Replacement Social Security Cards

Every U.S. citizen or resident alien requires a social security card which comes with its own unique identity number. This number is used to withhold social security taxes from any earned monies of an individual which are then held as insurance for future events.

These funds are collected so that individuals will have a financial safety net if they become unable to work or to supply an income upon retirement. A social security number is a requirement for working any job in the United States.

All U.S. citizens have to apply for a social security number in order to be able to work and this is intended to be their number for the rest of their life. There are however some circumstances which would require a new number to be issued.

A new number may be issued if:

  • The number already belongs to another individual (rare but it can happen)
  • You are a victim of domestic abuse and need to escape detection by your abuser
  • Identity theft to the extent that your social security number is no longer safe to use
  • If there is a valid religious objection to the number for example a Christian may object to a number that contained 666

You may not get a new number to escape bankruptcy, extreme debt or consequences of illegal actions. People do try this and it is very much against the rules.

In order to get a social security number you need proof of identity such as a birth certificate or passport. If you are a non citizen you will need to prove you are legally in the country and that you are eligible to work.

Request Changes to Your Social Security Card

You may need to change the name attached to your social security card based on a legal change of name. This may be because you married or legally changed your name for some other reason. This would not change your number but would be required if you were to be using this new name in all other legal aspects of your life.

In order to change the information regarding your name on your social security card you will need proof of the name change which would include official name change documents or a marriage license.

Once you legally change your name with the social security agency it allows you to more easily change your names on other documents such as your passport or driver's license.

You can get a SSN name change to help evade a stalker but this does need a legal court ordered name change.

Review Your Social Security Statement

Many people may not be aware that they can access their personal social security statement to review their earnings history. This can be helpful to assist with taxes and to detect any fraudulent use of your social security number.

Get an Estimate of Your Retirement Benefits

It may be helpful to know based on your social security account how much it is projected you will be entitled to upon your retirement. This is dependent on how much you have paid in and when you are planning to retire.

Get a Copy of Your Proof of Benefits

You can also visit a field office to obtain a copy of your proof of benefits. This may be needed as proof of income for renting a home or obtaining a personal loan.

Applying for Retirement Benefits

The social security agency field office can help you to apply for your retirement benefits. As of July 2022 the earliest you can apply for retirement benefits is 61 years and 9 months. Your first social security check if you qualified would then be issued 4 months later the month after your 62nd birthday.

Applying for SSI or SSDI Benefits

Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) is a benefit offered to those who due to age or disability are limited in their ability to earn. This may be a personal disability or that of an individual that you have to take care of. It is a supplemental income based on what you already make to help bridge the gap in your household needs.

Social Security Disability Insurance is for individuals who based on their disability are unable to earn money. This is based on former social security payments made prior to the disability. It may be permanent or temporary depending on the situation.

Applying for Social Security Spousal or Survivor Benefits

Seniors whose spouses pass are eligible to receive the benefits of their deceased spouse in addition to their own.

Applying for Medicare

As part of retirement the Medicare program supplies retirees with health coverage which can be applied for via the social security system. You can visit a field office to do this and can also apply for replacement Medicare cards as well should they become lost or damaged.

Set up Direct Deposits for Social Security Benefits

Direct deposit in today's digital world is far more convenient than the old system of checks. The social security field office can help you set up direct deposit of your benefits straight to the bank account of your choosing.

What Can You Do Online?

As mentioned, in person social security offices can be very busy and often stressful places. As such with the world becoming more digital there is an increasing amount that can be done online.

Choosing to do certain things related to social security online can be quicker and far less stressful. There are still many things you have to do in person but there are some simpler tasks that can be done online. Some things may start online but require you to mail in documents to complete the process.

Online you can:

  • Review your account
  • Apply for benefits
  • Make changes to your account
  • Request replacement cards
  • Get benefit estimates
  • Print proof of benefits
  • Check status of any applications pending
  • Set up or change direct deposit information
  • Change Address details

What Should You Do if Your Social Security Number Is Lost or Stolen?

Your social security number (SSN) is unique to you and can be used to file taxes, obtain loans/credit cards and legally work. There is a thriving criminal business in social security fraud so protecting your unique SSN is important.

If your card is lost or stolen it is important to act immediately to protect yourself from potential fraud. Request a replacement card and place a fraud alert on your social security number. It is also wise to monitor your credit report to get an early warning of activity that is not initiated by yourself.

Obtain a unique tax filing code with the IRS so that only you can file your taxes. If someone else has your social security number they can fraudulently file as you and receive the refund that you are entitled to.

It is also important that you are careful who you give your social security number to. It is only required for certain things and you should not give it out over the phone to unknown sources.

Why Should I Make an Appointment?

If you have ever driven past a Social Security Office before it opens in the mornings you probably already know the answer to this question. The lines waiting outside can often circle the entire building and then some.

When you make an appointment you are often able to join a much shorter secondary line and will be waiting a much shorter time to be seen. Those without appointments are at the mercy of the crowds and could be spending hours to complete their business with the SSA.

If you can do what you need to online it is wise to do so rather than visiting an actual office. In the event that you must attend in person make sure you have all the documents required for your purpose. If you are missing something vital you will have to get that document and come back another time.

Along with the Secretary of State and DMV, the Social Security office is likely one of the most frustrating and time consuming aspects of our lives. People seldom look forward to going to the SSA office so be smart about it.


The Social Security Agency offices offer a wide range of services to help you understand your present and future benefits through this government agency. Throughout our working life we pay into the social security system to build up this insurance for our future.

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