How To Go Green With the 'my Social Security' Account

Go Green with the my Social Security account

Keeping track of your Social Security information is vital for your retirement planning. By signing up for a my Social Security account, you will have instant, secure online access to that information any time you want. It’s a great way to help save money and trees since you’ll no longer receive statements by mail. Go green with my Social Security and start accessing your social security statement, verifying your earnings' accuracy, and getting estimates of your future benefits online. The only place you can get these personalized estimates based on your earnings is through my Social Security. The Social Security Department uses your highest 35 years of earnings to calculate your benefits. It's essential to check every year to make sure that their records on your earnings are accurate. And once you start receiving Social Security benefits, you’ll be able to manage your account and get instant proof of your benefits online through my Social Security. You can also use my Social Security to change your address and phone number and start or change your direct deposit information.

What You Need to Have

To create an account, you must have the following:

  • Email address
  • Social Security Number
  • U.S. mailing address

How to Get Set Up

When you’re ready to sign up, go to the Social Security website and select the “Sign In/Up” link in the top right corner. Next, click on Create an Account and fill in your information after you agree to the terms. At the bottom of the form, you can choose to add an extra level of security to your account by selecting “Yes, Let’s Start Now.” You'll get a prompt asking you to choose an additional security question to answer. With this feature activated, you will receive a temporary code via text message every time you try to log in. You will use this code and your account password to access your account (rates from your cell phone provider may apply). At the bottom of the page, select “Next,” and you'll go to a set of personal questions to answer. These measures further secure your identity. Select “Next” again at the bottom of that page, and you will go to the next page, where you'll create a username, password, and email address. You will also be required to set password reset questions if you ever forget your username or password. At this point, you’re almost done. Select “Next” one more time to finish. You should see a message that lets you know that you’re all set and ready to go. Sign in and view your account whenever you like.

Tips for Creating Username and Password

Here’s some critical information to know about creating your username and password:

  • Choose a username that consists of 8-20 letters and numbers.
  • The username cannot be your name or social security number.
  • You need at least eight characters for the password, including one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one number, one symbol.

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