List of Social Security Offices in West Virginia

On this page, you will find a list of the 17 Social Security office locations in West Virginia.

If you need help with any Social Security problems in West Virginia, 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 West Virginia 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
Accoville Logan, West Virginia 12 miles
Addison (Webster Springs) Elkins, West Virginia 42 miles
Adrian Elkins, West Virginia 24 miles
Albright Morgantown, West Virginia 19 miles
Alderson Mount Hope, West Virginia 31 miles
Alum Creek St Albans, West Virginia 7 miles
Amherstdale Logan, West Virginia 13 miles
Anawalt Welch, West Virginia 11 miles
Anmoore Clarksburg, West Virginia 3 miles
Ansted Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Apple Grove Gallipolis, Ohio 13 miles
Arbovale Elkins, West Virginia 32 miles
Arthurdale Morgantown, West Virginia 11 miles
Athens Bluefield, West Virginia 16 miles
Auburn Clarksburg, West Virginia 31 miles
Aurora Morgantown, West Virginia 29 miles
Bancroft St Albans, West Virginia 9 miles
Barboursville Huntington, West Virginia 8 miles
Barrackville Fairmont, West Virginia 5 miles
Bartley Welch, West Virginia 11 miles
Bartow Elkins, West Virginia 25 miles
Bath (Berkeley Springs) Martinsburg, West Virginia 17 miles
Baxter Fairmont, West Virginia 8 miles
Bayard Petersburg, West Virginia 23 miles
Beards Fork Mount Hope, West Virginia 15 miles
Beaver Mount Hope, West Virginia 7 miles
Beckley Mount Hope, West Virginia 5 miles
Beech Bottom Steubenville, Ohio 10 miles
Belington Elkins, West Virginia 10 miles
Belle Charleston, West Virginia 10 miles
Belmont Marietta, Ohio 9 miles
Belva Charleston, West Virginia 26 miles
Benwood Wheeling, West Virginia 3 miles
Bergoo Elkins, West Virginia 38 miles
Berwind Welch, West Virginia 12 miles
Bethany Steubenville, Ohio 13 miles
Bethlehem Wheeling, West Virginia 2 miles
Beverly Elkins, West Virginia 4 miles
Big Chimney Charleston, West Virginia 7 miles
Big Creek Logan, West Virginia 10 miles
Big Sandy Welch, West Virginia 7 miles
Birch River Charleston, West Virginia 49 miles
Blacksville Morgantown, West Virginia 13 miles
Blennerhassett Parkersburg, West Virginia 4 miles
Bluewell Bluefield, West Virginia 5 miles
Boaz Marietta, Ohio 6 miles
Bolivar Martinsburg, West Virginia 16 miles
Bolt Mount Hope, West Virginia 13 miles
Boomer Mount Hope, West Virginia 22 miles
Booth Morgantown, West Virginia 3 miles
Bowden Elkins, West Virginia 7 miles
Bradley Mount Hope, West Virginia 1 miles
Bradshaw Welch, West Virginia 13 miles
Bramwell Bluefield, West Virginia 8 miles
Brandonville Uniontown, Pennsylvania 16 miles
Brandywine Harrisonburg, Virginia 24 miles
Brenton Welch, West Virginia 12 miles
Bridgeport Clarksburg, West Virginia 4 miles
Brookhaven Morgantown, West Virginia 3 miles
Bruceton Mills Uniontown, Pennsylvania 16 miles
Bruno Logan, West Virginia 15 miles
Brush Fork Bluefield, West Virginia 3 miles
Buckhannon Clarksburg, West Virginia 21 miles
Bud Welch, West Virginia 13 miles
Buffalo St Albans, West Virginia 18 miles
Burlington Cumberland, Maryland 23 miles
Burnsville Clarksburg, West Virginia 34 miles
Cairo Marietta, Ohio 21 miles
Camden-on-Gauley Mount Hope, West Virginia 49 miles
Cameron Wheeling, West Virginia 18 miles
Capon Bridge Winchester, Virginia 17 miles
Carolina Fairmont, West Virginia 6 miles
Carpendale Cumberland, Maryland 2 miles
Cass Elkins, West Virginia 35 miles
Cassville Morgantown, West Virginia 5 miles
Cedar Grove Charleston, West Virginia 14 miles
Century Clarksburg, West Virginia 15 miles
Ceredo Huntington, West Virginia 6 miles
Chapmanville Logan, West Virginia 8 miles
Charles Town Martinsburg, West Virginia 15 miles
Charlton Heights Mount Hope, West Virginia 19 miles
Chattaroy Williamson, West Virginia 2 miles
Chauncey Logan, West Virginia 7 miles
Cheat Lake Morgantown, West Virginia 7 miles
Chelyan Charleston, West Virginia 13 miles
Chesapeake Charleston, West Virginia 10 miles
Chester East Liverpool, Ohio 1 miles
Clay Charleston, West Virginia 31 miles
Clearview Wheeling, West Virginia 5 miles
Clendenin Charleston, West Virginia 18 miles
Clifton Gallipolis, Ohio 15 miles
Coal City Mount Hope, West Virginia 12 miles
Coal Fork Charleston, West Virginia 7 miles
Colcord Mount Hope, West Virginia 15 miles
Colliers Steubenville, Ohio 7 miles
Comfort Charleston, West Virginia 15 miles
Corinne Welch, West Virginia 16 miles
Cottageville Gallipolis, Ohio 22 miles
Covel Welch, West Virginia 15 miles
Cowen Elkins, West Virginia 51 miles
Crab Orchard Mount Hope, West Virginia 7 miles
Craigsville Mount Hope, West Virginia 45 miles
Crooked Creek Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
Cross Lanes St Albans, West Virginia 4 miles
Crum Williamson, West Virginia 19 miles
Crumpler Welch, West Virginia 13 miles
Cucumber Welch, West Virginia 11 miles
Culloden St Albans, West Virginia 13 miles
Cunard Mount Hope, West Virginia 14 miles
Dailey Elkins, West Virginia 7 miles
Daniels Mount Hope, West Virginia 8 miles
Danville Logan, West Virginia 19 miles
Davis Petersburg, West Virginia 21 miles
Davy Welch, West Virginia 5 miles
Deep Water Mount Hope, West Virginia 20 miles
Delbarton Williamson, West Virginia 6 miles
Despard Clarksburg, West Virginia 2 miles
Dixie Charleston, West Virginia 25 miles
Dorothy Mount Hope, West Virginia 16 miles
Dunbar Charleston, West Virginia 6 miles
Dupont City Charleston, West Virginia 7 miles
Durbin Elkins, West Virginia 24 miles
Earling Logan, West Virginia 9 miles
East Bank Charleston, West Virginia 14 miles
East Dailey Elkins, West Virginia 9 miles
East View Clarksburg, West Virginia 2 miles
Eccles Mount Hope, West Virginia 6 miles
Eleanor St Albans, West Virginia 12 miles
Elizabeth Parkersburg, West Virginia 17 miles
Elk Garden Petersburg, West Virginia 27 miles
Elkview Charleston, West Virginia 11 miles
Ellenboro Marietta, Ohio 23 miles
Enterprise Fairmont, West Virginia 5 miles
Eskdale Charleston, West Virginia 21 miles
Fairlea Covington, Virginia 26 miles
Fairview Fairmont, West Virginia 12 miles
Falling Spring Covington, Virginia 25 miles
Falling Waters Martinsburg, West Virginia 6 miles
Falls View Mount Hope, West Virginia 19 miles
Farmington Fairmont, West Virginia 7 miles
Fayetteville Mount Hope, West Virginia 15 miles
Fenwick Mount Hope, West Virginia 43 miles
Flatwoods Clarksburg, West Virginia 42 miles
Flemington Clarksburg, West Virginia 11 miles
Follansbee Steubenville, Ohio 5 miles
Fort Ashby Cumberland, Maryland 10 miles
Fort Gay Huntington, West Virginia 23 miles
Frank Elkins, West Virginia 24 miles
Franklin Petersburg, West Virginia 26 miles
Friendly Marietta, Ohio 21 miles
Gallipolis Ferry Gallipolis, Ohio 5 miles
Galloway Clarksburg, West Virginia 12 miles
Garten Mount Hope, West Virginia 15 miles
Gary Welch, West Virginia 5 miles
Gassaway Clarksburg, West Virginia 48 miles
Gatewood Mount Hope, West Virginia 14 miles
Gauley Bridge Mount Hope, West Virginia 22 miles
Ghent Mount Hope, West Virginia 16 miles
Gilbert Logan, West Virginia 19 miles
Gilbert Creek Welch, West Virginia 20 miles
Glasgow Charleston, West Virginia 15 miles
Glen Dale Wheeling, West Virginia 8 miles
Glen Ferris Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Glen Fork Welch, West Virginia 18 miles
Glen Jean Mount Hope, West Virginia 6 miles
Glenville Clarksburg, West Virginia 36 miles
Glen White Mount Hope, West Virginia 9 miles
Grafton Fairmont, West Virginia 11 miles
Grantsville Parkersburg, West Virginia 34 miles
Grant Town Fairmont, West Virginia 9 miles
Granville Morgantown, West Virginia 2 miles
Great Cacapon Martinsburg, West Virginia 20 miles
Green Bank Elkins, West Virginia 33 miles
Green Spring Cumberland, Maryland 11 miles
Greenview Logan, West Virginia 15 miles
Greenville Logan, West Virginia 13 miles
Gypsy Clarksburg, West Virginia 6 miles
Hambleton Elkins, West Virginia 16 miles
Hamlin St Albans, West Virginia 16 miles
Handley Charleston, West Virginia 19 miles
Hansford Charleston, West Virginia 17 miles
Harman Elkins, West Virginia 17 miles
Harpers Ferry Martinsburg, West Virginia 16 miles
Harrisville Marietta, Ohio 25 miles
Hartford City Gallipolis, Ohio 17 miles
Harts Logan, West Virginia 13 miles
Hedgesville Martinsburg, West Virginia 5 miles
Helen Mount Hope, West Virginia 16 miles
Helvetia Elkins, West Virginia 24 miles
Henderson Gallipolis, Ohio 5 miles
Hendricks Elkins, West Virginia 17 miles
Henlawson Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
Hepzibah Clarksburg, West Virginia 4 miles
Hico Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Hillsboro Covington, Virginia 27 miles
Hilltop Mount Hope, West Virginia 7 miles
Hinkleville Elkins, West Virginia 23 miles
Hinton Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Holden Logan, West Virginia 2 miles
Hollygrove Charleston, West Virginia 17 miles
Hometown St Albans, West Virginia 10 miles
Hooverson Heights Steubenville, Ohio 6 miles
Hundred Fairmont, West Virginia 23 miles
Huntersville Covington, Virginia 28 miles
Hurricane St Albans, West Virginia 10 miles
Huttonsville Elkins, West Virginia 15 miles
Iaeger Welch, West Virginia 13 miles
Idamay Fairmont, West Virginia 6 miles
Institute St Albans, West Virginia 4 miles
Inwood Martinsburg, West Virginia 10 miles
Itmann Welch, West Virginia 13 miles
Jacksonburg Clarksburg, West Virginia 24 miles
Jane Lew Clarksburg, West Virginia 12 miles
Jefferson St Albans, West Virginia 3 miles
Junior Elkins, West Virginia 8 miles
Justice Welch, West Virginia 17 miles
Justice Addition Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
Kanawha Parkersburg, West Virginia 7 miles
Kenova Ashland, Kentucky 7 miles
Kermit Williamson, West Virginia 14 miles
Keyser Cumberland, Maryland 19 miles
Keystone Welch, West Virginia 8 miles
Kimball Welch, West Virginia 4 miles
Kimberly Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Kincaid Mount Hope, West Virginia 14 miles
Kingwood Morgantown, West Virginia 17 miles
Kistler Logan, West Virginia 12 miles
Kopperston Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Lashmeet Bluefield, West Virginia 12 miles
Lavalette Huntington, West Virginia 7 miles
Leon Gallipolis, Ohio 16 miles
Lesage Huntington, West Virginia 10 miles
Lester Mount Hope, West Virginia 9 miles
Lewisburg Covington, Virginia 25 miles
Littleton Fairmont, West Virginia 26 miles
Lost Creek Clarksburg, West Virginia 8 miles
Lubeck Parkersburg, West Virginia 4 miles
Lumberport Clarksburg, West Virginia 6 miles
Mabscott Mount Hope, West Virginia 5 miles
MacArthur Mount Hope, West Virginia 6 miles
Madison Logan, West Virginia 19 miles
Malden Charleston, West Virginia 6 miles
Mallory Logan, West Virginia 14 miles
Man Logan, West Virginia 12 miles
Mannington Fairmont, West Virginia 11 miles
Marlinton Covington, Virginia 31 miles
Marmet Charleston, West Virginia 8 miles
Mason Gallipolis, Ohio 16 miles
Masontown Morgantown, West Virginia 9 miles
Matewan Williamson, West Virginia 7 miles
Matheny Welch, West Virginia 16 miles
Matoaka Bluefield, West Virginia 12 miles
Maybeury Bluefield, West Virginia 12 miles
McConnell Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
McMechen Wheeling, West Virginia 5 miles
Meadow Bridge Mount Hope, West Virginia 19 miles
Middlebourne Marietta, Ohio 28 miles
Middleway Martinsburg, West Virginia 13 miles
Mill Creek Elkins, West Virginia 13 miles
Milton St Albans, West Virginia 16 miles
Mineralwells Parkersburg, West Virginia 6 miles
Mitchell Heights Logan, West Virginia 5 miles
Monaville Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
Monongah Fairmont, West Virginia 3 miles
Montcalm Bluefield, West Virginia 7 miles
Montgomery Charleston, West Virginia 21 miles
Montrose Elkins, West Virginia 12 miles
Moorefield Petersburg, West Virginia 10 miles
Moundsville Wheeling, West Virginia 10 miles
Mount Carbon Mount Hope, West Virginia 21 miles
Mount Gay-Shamrock Logan, West Virginia 1 miles
Mullens Welch, West Virginia 15 miles
Neibert Logan, West Virginia 7 miles
Nettie Mount Hope, West Virginia 38 miles
Newark Parkersburg, West Virginia 13 miles
Newburg Morgantown, West Virginia 16 miles
New Cumberland East Liverpool, Ohio 8 miles
Newell East Liverpool, Ohio 1 miles
New Haven Gallipolis, Ohio 17 miles
New Martinsville Wheeling, West Virginia 30 miles
New Richmond Welch, West Virginia 11 miles
Nitro St Albans, West Virginia 2 miles
Northfork Welch, West Virginia 8 miles
North Hills Parkersburg, West Virginia 4 miles
Norton Elkins, West Virginia 7 miles
Nutter Fort Clarksburg, West Virginia 2 miles
Oak Hill Mount Hope, West Virginia 9 miles
Oakvale Bluefield, West Virginia 15 miles
Oceana Welch, West Virginia 18 miles
Omar Logan, West Virginia 7 miles
Osage Morgantown, West Virginia 2 miles
Paden City Marietta, Ohio 29 miles
Page Mount Hope, West Virginia 15 miles
Pageton Welch, West Virginia 9 miles
Parcoal Elkins, West Virginia 42 miles
Parsons Elkins, West Virginia 16 miles
Paw Paw Cumberland, Maryland 18 miles
Pax Mount Hope, West Virginia 6 miles
Peach Creek Logan, West Virginia 3 miles
Pea Ridge Huntington, West Virginia 7 miles
Pennsboro Marietta, Ohio 26 miles
Pentress Morgantown, West Virginia 10 miles
Peterstown Bluefield, West Virginia 25 miles
Philippi Clarksburg, West Virginia 18 miles
Pickens Elkins, West Virginia 26 miles
Piedmont Cumberland, Maryland 20 miles
Pinch Charleston, West Virginia 9 miles
Pine Grove Clarksburg, West Virginia 27 miles
Pineville Welch, West Virginia 11 miles
Piney View Mount Hope, West Virginia 4 miles
Pleasant Valley Fairmont, West Virginia 3 miles
Poca St Albans, West Virginia 6 miles
Point Pleasant Gallipolis, Ohio 5 miles
Powellton Mount Hope, West Virginia 19 miles
Pratt Charleston, West Virginia 17 miles
Prichard Huntington, West Virginia 15 miles
Prince Mount Hope, West Virginia 8 miles
Princeton Bluefield, West Virginia 10 miles
Prosperity Mount Hope, West Virginia 1 miles
Pullman Marietta, Ohio 30 miles
Quinwood Mount Hope, West Virginia 31 miles
Rachel Fairmont, West Virginia 9 miles
Racine Charleston, West Virginia 15 miles
Rainelle Mount Hope, West Virginia 25 miles
Raleigh Mount Hope, West Virginia 6 miles
Rand Charleston, West Virginia 6 miles
Ranson Martinsburg, West Virginia 14 miles
Ravenswood Parkersburg, West Virginia 24 miles
Raymond City St Albans, West Virginia 7 miles
Raysal Welch, West Virginia 12 miles
Reader Clarksburg, West Virginia 29 miles
Red Jacket Williamson, West Virginia 8 miles
Reedsville Morgantown, West Virginia 11 miles
Reedy Parkersburg, West Virginia 26 miles
Reynoldsville Clarksburg, West Virginia 5 miles
Rhodell Mount Hope, West Virginia 17 miles
Richwood Covington, Virginia 43 miles
Ridgeley Cumberland, Maryland 1 miles
Ripley Gallipolis, Ohio 28 miles
Rivesville Fairmont, West Virginia 8 miles
Robinette Logan, West Virginia 14 miles
Rock Cave Elkins, West Virginia 27 miles
Roderfield Welch, West Virginia 7 miles
Romney Cumberland, Maryland 21 miles
Ronceverte Covington, Virginia 26 miles
Rossmore Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
Rowlesburg Morgantown, West Virginia 24 miles
Rupert Mount Hope, West Virginia 29 miles
Salem Clarksburg, West Virginia 12 miles
Salt Rock Huntington, West Virginia 14 miles
Sand Fork Clarksburg, West Virginia 34 miles
Sarah Ann Logan, West Virginia 10 miles
Scarbro Mount Hope, West Virginia 8 miles
Shady Spring Mount Hope, West Virginia 11 miles
Shannondale Martinsburg, West Virginia 20 miles
Shenandoah Junction Martinsburg, West Virginia 11 miles
Shepherdstown Martinsburg, West Virginia 9 miles
Shinnston Fairmont, West Virginia 6 miles
Shrewsbury Charleston, West Virginia 13 miles
Sissonville Charleston, West Virginia 12 miles
Sistersville Marietta, Ohio 25 miles
Smithers Charleston, West Virginia 22 miles
Smithfield Clarksburg, West Virginia 19 miles
Sophia Mount Hope, West Virginia 10 miles
South Charleston Charleston, West Virginia 4 miles
Spelter Clarksburg, West Virginia 5 miles
Spencer Parkersburg, West Virginia 34 miles
Sprague Mount Hope, West Virginia 4 miles
Springfield Cumberland, Maryland 14 miles
Stanaford Mount Hope, West Virginia 3 miles
Star City Morgantown, West Virginia 1 miles
St. George Elkins, West Virginia 20 miles
St. Marys Marietta, Ohio 12 miles
Stollings Logan, West Virginia 4 miles
Stonewood Clarksburg, West Virginia 3 miles
Summersville Mount Hope, West Virginia 35 miles
Sutton Clarksburg, West Virginia 47 miles
Switzer Logan, West Virginia 5 miles
Sylvester Mount Hope, West Virginia 23 miles
Teays Valley St Albans, West Virginia 7 miles
Terra Alta Morgantown, West Virginia 25 miles
Thomas Petersburg, West Virginia 23 miles
Thurmond Mount Hope, West Virginia 10 miles
Tioga Mount Hope, West Virginia 49 miles
Tornado St Albans, West Virginia 3 miles
Triadelphia Wheeling, West Virginia 5 miles
Tunnelton Morgantown, West Virginia 19 miles
Twilight Logan, West Virginia 23 miles
Union Covington, Virginia 33 miles
Valley Bend Elkins, West Virginia 10 miles
Valley Grove Wheeling, West Virginia 8 miles
Valley Head Elkins, West Virginia 27 miles
Van Logan, West Virginia 20 miles
Verdunville Logan, West Virginia 1 miles
Vienna Parkersburg, West Virginia 4 miles
Vivian Welch, West Virginia 5 miles
Wallace Clarksburg, West Virginia 12 miles
War Welch, West Virginia 11 miles
Wardensville Winchester, Virginia 23 miles
Washington Parkersburg, West Virginia 6 miles
Waverly Marietta, Ohio 6 miles
Wayne Huntington, West Virginia 14 miles
Weirton Steubenville, Ohio 6 miles
Wellsburg Steubenville, Ohio 7 miles
West Dunbar St Albans, West Virginia 4 miles
West Hamlin Huntington, West Virginia 16 miles
West Liberty Wheeling, West Virginia 10 miles
West Logan Logan, West Virginia 3 miles
West Milford Clarksburg, West Virginia 7 miles
Weston Clarksburg, West Virginia 18 miles
Westover Morgantown, West Virginia 2 miles
West Union Clarksburg, West Virginia 23 miles
White Hall Fairmont, West Virginia 1 miles
White Sulphur Springs Covington, Virginia 17 miles
Whitesville Mount Hope, West Virginia 20 miles
Whitmer Elkins, West Virginia 17 miles
Wiley Ford Cumberland, Maryland 3 miles
Williamstown Marietta, Ohio 2 miles
Windsor Heights Wheeling, West Virginia 9 miles
Winfield St Albans, West Virginia 11 miles
Wolf Summit Clarksburg, West Virginia 7 miles
Womelsdorf (Coalton) Elkins, West Virginia 7 miles
Worthington Fairmont, West Virginia 4 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.

Conclusion

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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