Retirement

Be Ready For This Journey and the Next

July 28, 2016 • By

family at beachYou packed your bathing suit and beach towels. The sunscreen is handy and ready to apply. Your hat is firmly on your head while you sport those stylish shades. The time is finally here, and you’re going on vacation.

Hooray!

Before you get in the car, where are you with that other checklist? You know the one — for the longer vacation you’ll take someday. Are your ducks in a row for your retirement?

With some planning, your retirement dreams can come true. And it only takes a checklist, like the one you made for your vacation!

First, start by opening your my Social Security account. A my Social Security account is an excellent tool that helps you plan for the future. It lets you verify your earnings on your personal Social Security Statement — your future retirement benefit depends on your earnings throughout your career. You can view your Statement at any time; it gives you a good picture of what your future benefits will be. When you are ready to retire, you can even go online to apply for benefits from your home or office, with no risk of sunburn.

The advantages of having a my Social Security account don’t stop after you retire. Once you start receiving benefits, you can manage them with a my Social Security account. Setting up a my Social Security account is easy, convenient, and secure.

Another great tool to help you plan for a secure retirement is our Retirement Estimator. It provides you information about your future Social Security benefits while running different scenarios. You can use the Retirement Estimator to plug in different earnings numbers and retirement dates to help you decide the best time for you to retire. When that time comes, you can apply for retirement benefits online.

These services will put you on your way to the retirement of your dreams. It won’t take much of your time. Your vacation awaits, after all.


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Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. Lois Jones

    I will turn 66 in March of this year, I have been told that I can earn whatever I want at my job without a penalty on my monthly benefit from Social Security. Can you tell me if this is an accurate statement ? Thanks so much for your help !!

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  2. bonn

    Cannot login and no human being to talk to.

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi There. Thanks for using our blog. Sorry to hear you are having difficulties with your my Social Security account. For assistance with your account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office.

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  3. LAURA SOOTIN RASMUSSEN

    I lost my social security card yesterday at the DMV. I know my number and have a second card.
    DMV is looking for the missing card.

    DO I HAVE TO REPLACE THE LOST CARD WITH A NEW ONE WITH A DIFFERENT NUMBER???

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  4. William Jay Turman

    new social security card needed…old one washed in laundry

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  5. Stephanie Roxainne Pearson

    I cannot login or create an account to see my social security amounts. It say it does not recognize me when I put in my social security, birthdate and email. I am afraid someone has stolen my information, Is there someone I can talk to? I put in my W2 info from 2018 and it still is saying I already have an account and doesnt recognize me when I try to login or verify myself. Please email me instructions on what to do.

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to retrieve or change your username and password. Hopefully this helps!

      Reply
  6. Elvina L Carrington

    I am trying to apply for a replacement Social Security Card on line. However Iam unable to sign into my account. It says they can’t verify my account with the information I provided. I believe I need to edit my account to change my e-mail address.

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Elvina, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to retrieve or change your username and password. After you sign in to your my Social Security account, you can update your email address. After inputting your username and password, you will be at the security code screen. If you receive your security code via email only, then indicate that you cannot access the options listed above and need to reset where you receive security codes. We will then send you a letter with a reset code and instructions.

      For details on a replacement Social Security card, check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for information on getting help with your Social Security number.

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