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Top Questions About Social Security

Find answers to common questions about Social Security, including retirement and disability benefits, how to get, replace, or correct your Social Security card, and more.

How Do Benefits Work and How Can I Qualify?

While you work, you pay Social Security taxes. This tax money goes into a trust fund that pays benefits to:

  • Those who are currently retired

  • To people with disabilities

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnTo the surviving spouses and children of workers who have died

Each year you work, you’ll get credits to help you become eligible for benefits when it’s time for you to retire. Find all the benefits .

There are four main types of benefits that the SSA offers:

How to Open a “my Social Security” Account

If you receive or will receive Social Security benefits, you may want to open a . This online account is a service from the SSA that allows you to keep track of and manage your SSA benefits. You can also make changes to your Social Security record.

How to Find More Help

If you have specific questions about your Social Security benefits, you can:

  • Review the .

  • .


  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnEstimate your benefits at each age, from 62 (the earliest you can receive them) to 70 (when you hit your greatest amount)

  • Apply for retirement benefits

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnLearn about earning limits if you plan to work while receiving Social Security benefits

to get an original, replacement, or corrected Social Security card. These documents apply for children and adults, whether they’re  U.S. citizens or noncitizens.

  • Complete your application - Read the instructions and for a new, replacement, or corrected card.

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnMail your application - Print your application and find out to.

  • Getting a Social Security Number for a New Baby 

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnThe easiest way to get a Social Security number for your child is at the hospital after they are born when you apply for your child’s birth certificate.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you wait to apply for a number at a Social Security office, there may be delays while SSA verifies your child’s birth certificate. Processing times average about two weeks. See for an estimate for your state. Learn more with the .

    Your child will need their own Social Security number so you can:

    • Claim your child as a dependent on your income tax return

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnOpen a bank account in their name

    • Get medical coverage for them

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnApply for government services for them

    Apply for a Replacement Social Security Card Online

    A new feature on the SSA website allows you to apply for a replacement Social Security card online via your .

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnTo apply for a replacement card online, you must: 

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnBe a U.S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address (This includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses.)

    • Not be requesting a name change or any other change to your card

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnHave a valid driver's license or a state-issued identification card. 

    In most states, you can apply for a replacement card online. However, there are exceptions. Find out if this .

    if you want to change or correct your Social Security card.

    Prevent Identity Theft

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnKeep your Social Security card in a safe place to if it's lost or stolen. You are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime.

    Contact SSA

    For more information, contact SSA. If you live outside the U.S., SSA's may be able to help you.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền . Once you access the tool, pick the country you're visiting or living in from the drop-down menu options.

    Earn SSA Work Credits in Some Countries

    You may not have enough credits from your work in the United States to qualify for retirement benefits. But, you may be able to count your . The SSA has agreements with 24 countries. If you earned credits in one of those countries, they can help you qualify for U.S. benefits.

    to the agency that issued the payment. You can get contact information from the A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnTo get an update on your claim, contact the .

    If You're Not Sure Why You Received a Payment

    Contact the authorizing agency directlyXổ số trực tiếp 3 miền to find out why they sent the payment. You may be able to find the authorizing agency in the memo line of the check. to help you locate the authorizing agency contact information on your own check. Scroll about half way down the page to see the diagram. 

    If you're unable to find which agency authorized the payment, . They can help you determine which government agency you need to contact. To find which RFC you need to call, look for its city and state at the top center of the check. 

    Make Payments to the Federal Government

    Learn how to use to make secure, electronic payments to government agencies from your checking or savings account. You can use the online service for VA medical care copayments, U.S. district court tickets, U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner user fee payments, and more.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you need help, . 

    Or, call SSA's main number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make the report. 

    How to Stop Social Security Check Payments

    The SSA can’t pay benefits for the month of a recipient’s death. That means if the person died in July, the check received in August (which is payment for July) must be returned. Find out .

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf the payment is by direct deposit, notify the financial institution as soon as possible so it can return any payments received after death. For more about the requirement to return benefits for the month of a beneficiary’s death, see the top of page 11 of this .

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnFamily members may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits when a person getting benefits dies. Visit the to learn more.

  • Call the Go Direct Helpline at 1-800-333-1795 (TTY: 1-866-569-0447).
  • If You Don't have a Bank or Credit Union Account: 

    Make Changes to an Existing Direct Deposit Account:

    Learn how to . You also may contact the federal agency that pays your benefit for help with your enrollment.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền may help financially. To find out if you’re eligible for either program, use the .

    Definition of Disability

    To qualify for either program, you must meet : 

    1. You’re unable to do

    2. Your disability is expected to last for at least one year or result in death

    3. Your impairment is on Social Security’s

    Social Security uses a .

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) 

    is for people who have become disabled after earning enough Social Security work credits within a certain time. 

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYour when you start getting SSDI.

    How to Apply for SSDI

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou can .  

    • If your application is approved, you’ll have a five-month waiting period for benefits to start. 

    • If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision.

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền with little to no income and resources. SSI is not Social Security. Although the names sound similar and the Social Security Administration runs the program, it does not fund SSI. 

    How to Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    Adults can by phone, in person at a local Social Security office, or in some cases online. To apply for SSI for a child, you can start the process online but will need to complete it either in person or by phone.

    • You can appeal If your application is denied.

    • Explore a to learn more detailed information.

    Working While Receiving SSDI or SSI

    Whether you receive SSDI or SSI, you may be able to work without it impacting your benefits if you earn less than a certain amount. You can find all the details in the booklet .

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    Last Updated: April 16, 2021