Social Security Announces Redesigned Statement
October 13, 2021
The Social Security Administration announced a redesigned statement which is now available with a My Social Security Account portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and by mail.
The agency conducted extensive research, review, and testing to make the updated Statement easy to understand. The new Statement is shorter, uses visuals and plain language, and includes fact sheets tailored to a person’s age and earnings history. It also includes important information people have come to expect from the Statement, such as how much a worker and family members could expect to receive in Social Security benefits and a personalized earnings history, in a clear, concise manner. Examples of the new Statement and fact sheets are available at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/statement.html.
U.S. citizens age 18 or older can easily view their redesigned Social Security Statement online by creating a My Social Security account. People age 60 or older who do not receive benefits and do not have a My Social Security account will receive their Statement by mail three months before their birthday. Workers should check their Statement at least once a year for accuracy.
People can check information and conduct most Social Security business through their personal My Social Security account. If they already receive Social Security benefits, they can start or change direct deposit online, request a replacement SSA-1099, and if they need proof of their benefits, they can print or download a current Benefit Verification Letter from their account.
In addition to obtaining their personalized Social Security Statement, people not yet receiving benefits can use their account to request a replacement Social Security card online if they meet certain requirements. The portal also includes a retirement calculator and links to information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits.
Please note: we DO NOT recommend applying for Social Security Disability on your own or on-line without our assistance. Once you make an error, it stays in the Social Security system and is almost impossible to delete.
Many Social Security services are also conveniently available by dialing toll-free, 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call Social Security’s TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.