www.ssa.gov Online Services My Account

www.ssa.gov Online Services My Account

Your personal my Social Security account gives you secure access online at www.ssa.gov. A free and secure my Social Security account provides personalized tools for everyone, whether you receive benefits or not. You can use your account to request a replacement Social Security card, check the status of an application, estimate future benefits, or manage the benefits you already receive. All from anywhere!


Your personal my Social Security account gives you secure access to information based on your earnings history and interactive tools tailored to you. With your my Social Security account, you can plan for your future by getting your personalized retirement benefit estimates at age 62, Full Retirement Age (FRA), and age 70. You can also view retirement benefit estimates by:

  • Choosing a future age to begin receiving retirement benefits in years and months or use the new ‘Age’ scroll bar
  • Choosing a future date to begin receiving retirement benefits
  • Entering the average annual income you expect to earn until retirement.

Don’t have a my Social Security Account?

Creating a free my Social Security account takes less than 10 minutes and you get access to many other online services. Plan for your future. Manage the present.

How much is the increase: 

Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for approximately 70 million Americans will increase by 5.9% in 2022. This is the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

When the increase takes effect: 

The increase will begin with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2022. Increased SSI payments will begin on December 30, 2021.

When your notice will arrive in the mail: 

We mail COLA notices throughout the entire month of December. It is possible that your friend or family member will receive their notice in the mail before you. Please wait until January before contacting us about your mailed notice. However, you may not need to wait for your mailed notice to learn your new benefit amount for 2022: you can view your COLA notice online with your personal my Social Security account.

Who can see their notice online: 

COLA notices are available online to most beneficiaries through the Message Center of their personal my Social Security account if they created their account by November 17, 2021. my Social Security is a secure, convenient way to receive COLA notices online and save the message for later. You can also opt out of receiving notices by mail that are available online.

Sign up for your own account and get an email or text message the next time your COLA notice is available online for you. You can also use your account to manage your benefits and much more!

Replacement SSN card

If you are a U.S. Citizen, applying for a replacement SSN card, and choose to mail your application to your local office, you may use original or certified copies of secondary proofs of identity such as:

    • A marriage document showing your name and either date of birth or age (only when submitted to support the application for a name change)
    • A U.S. government employee identification card.
    • A non-government employee identity card/badge card showing your name and either a photograph or your date of birth.
    • A health insurance card or U.S. Medicaid card showing your name and one of the following:
      • Date of birth.
      • A photograph.
    • A school identity card
    • A school record or transcript (for the current school year) showing your name and one of the following:
      • Date of birth.
      • A photograph.
    • A life insurance policy showing your name and age or date of birth.