Did you know that you can conduct much of your Social Security business online? While there are over 1,200 local Social Security field offices throughout the country, wait times to be helped at these offices and over the phone can be very long. Each field office serves an average of approximately 250,000-300,000 individuals!
Online services are available from 5 AM – 1 AM EST Monday through Friday, 5 AM – 11 PM EST on Saturdays, and 8 AM – 11:30 PM EST on Sundays, as opposed to the field offices’ more restrictive hours of 9 AM – 4 PM Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday and only 9 AM – 12 PM on Wednesdays (local times).
You can perform the following services online:
- Request a replacement Social Security card
- Apply for Social Security benefits
- Get your Social Security Statement
- Appeal a decision
- Find out if you qualify for benefits
- Estimate your future benefits
- Download proof of benefits
- Change your address
- And more!
While you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits by yourself online, we highly recommend consulting an advocate or attorney to ensure that your application is filed correctly and is accurate, complete, and thorough. This will increase your chances of being awarded at an earlier stage in the process.
By: Thomas A. Klint of Premier Disability Services, LLC®