By Daryl Rosenthal Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
During the fall, many people reflect on the gradual passing of time as green leaves turn gold and pine needles blanket lawns. You are also slowly changing, and those golden years of retirement are one season closer.
We want you to be as prepared as possible, and making applying for retirement easy is one of Social Security’s top priorities. Now, you can complete Social Security’s online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment. Simply go to socialsecurity.gov/retire/apply.html.
Most of the time, after your online application is submitted, you’re done. There are no forms to sign, and we usually require no additional documentation. Social Security will process your application and contact you if we need further information.
You can also check your Social Security Statement using your secure online my Social Security account. Set up your account easily by answering a few questions to prove your identity. With your personal ‘My Social Security’ account, you can:
• Get an estimate of your future benefits if you’re still working;
• Print a letter with proof of your benefits if you currently receive them; and
• Manage your benefits:
• Change your address;
• Start or change your direct deposit;
• Get a replacement Medicare card
• Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.
Beginning the season of retirement can be exciting and scary at the same time. At Social Security, we make it easier by providing the tools and information you can use to help you make the best decision for you and then apply for benefits online. And, when you’re done, you’ll have more time to rake up those pine needles and leaves! Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/retire/apply.html to start that new season in your life today.