How to Check on My Social Security Account

by Alia Nikolakopulos

    The Social Security Administration sends out a paper statement each year that lists information about your Social Security account, but you can also use an online tool to check your account. Once you register for the service, you can view information about your accumulated Social Security credits, your estimated benefits and retirement tips -- all with a just few mouse clicks.

    Step 1

    Navigate to the ssa.gov website.

    Step 2

    Look for the “Get Your Social Security Statement Online” link on the home page, or type “Online Statement” in the search field and select the “Get Your Social Security Statement Online” link from the search results.

    Step 3

    Click the “Create an Account” link and choose “Create an Account” under the “New Users” menu.

    Step 4

    Agree to the terms of the online account system and provide personal information to register. You must provide your name, Social Security number, birth date and address. If you’ve moved and your current address differs from the address the SSA has on file for you, you’ll need to provide your previous address. The SSA uses this information to verify your identity.

    Step 5

    View your SSA account. Once your identity is verified and your account is created, you can access your Social Security account.

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    About the Author

    With a background in taxation, Alia Nikolakopulos specializes in business and personal finance topics. She is an IRS enrolled agent pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting and journalism at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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