How to Apply for Social Security Benefits

You can apply for Social Security benefits in several ways - online, by phone, or in person. SSA prefers that the public use online services whenever possible. Unfortunately, not all services are available online. Those things that can be accomplished online are often confusing.

By Phone

You can call the Social Security Administration's national hotline at (800) 772-1213. If you would prefer to call your local Field Office, you can find it by visiting the Social Security Field Office Locator.

Online

Visit Social Security's website at www.ssa.gov, where you can file an online application for Disability benefits, Retirement benefits, or check your Social Security earnings statement or manage your benefits with your mySocialSecurity account.

In Person

To find the location, hours, and contact information of your local Field Office, you can find it by visiting the Social Security Field Office Locator. Be sure to check the hours of operation for your local Field Office. SSA Field Offices operate with limited hours.

Thomas Golden

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Lowell, Michigan

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