As of Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Social Security services are now available online through a “My Social Security” account, including a replacement for benefit statements formerly mailed out by the department.
This new Social Security tool is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits.
For many years, the Social Security Administration sent Benefit Statement in the mail to all individuals working and paying into Social Security. The administration will no longer provide those annual mailers.
Not receiving Social Security yet?
If you have not started benefits you can get a personalized online Social Security benefit statement.
The online statement provides eligible workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information, and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their retirement.
You can see year by year how much money you made. In addition, the portal includes links to information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare.
Already receiving benefits?
If you are already receiving benefits you can access benefit verification letters, payment history and earnings record instantly using your online account.
Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address or change direct deposit information online. In the future additional services will be available.
People age 18 and older can sign up for an account and, after completing the secure verification process, create a “My Social Security” account with a unique user name and password to access their information.
For more information, please go to socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/.
Kirk Larson is a Social Security Washington public affairs specialist.