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Social Security COLA

In this Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees can expect another small increase in benefits in 2018. Preliminary figures suggest an increase of around 2 percent. That would mean an extra $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce the cost-of-living adjustment on Oct. 13, 2017.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Now that the weather is beginning to warm, you might be planning a vacation or trip. Social Security is here for you when you’re traveling, whether it’s just a state away or when you’re overseas.

Our online services page directs you to a wide variety of useful links at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices/.

Through our online services, you can:

  • Apply for Social Security benefits
  • Get your Social Security Statement
  • Request a replacement Social Security card
  • Appeal a decision
  • Find out if you qualify for benefits

Some of these features require you to have a my Social Security account, which is something everyone should have no matter what stage they are at in their working life.

And if you receive Social Security benefits or Medicare, you can create or log in to your personal my Social Security account to:

  • Get your benefit verification letter (includes Medicare and SSI)
  • Check your information, benefits, and earnings record
  • Change your address and telephone number
  • Start or change your direct deposit
  • Request a replacement Medicare card
  • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season
  • Report your wages if you work and receive Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Create a my Social Security account today at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/ to take advantage of these easy-to-use features. Also, share our online services page with friends and family, who might not know how easy and secure our website is.

Questions

Q: I noticed that my date of birth in Social Security’s records is wrong. How do I get that corrected?

A: To change the date of birth shown on our records, take the following steps:

  • Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5);
  • Show us documents proving U.S. citizenship (if you have not previously established your citizenship with us); age; and identity
  • Take (or mail) your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office.

Note that all documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. For details on the documents, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ss5doc.

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