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Q: I’m getting married soon. How can I get my name changed on my Social Security card?
A: After the wedding, gather your marriage document and other papers proving your:
n identity; and
n United States (if you have not yet established your citizenship with us) or immigration status (including Department of Homeland Security permission to work in the United States).
Then, complete an application for a Social Security card, which you can find at www.socialsecurity.gov. Finally, mail your completed application and documents or take this information to your local Social Security office. You can find your nearest Social Security office at www.socialsecurity.gov/
Remember: Your documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt.
Q: Is it true that ten thousand people are retiring each day? What is the best way for me to apply and avoid long lines in my Social Security office?
A: Yes. The best way is to use our online retirement application at www.socialsecurity.gov. You can complete it in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. You can apply from the comfort of your home or office at a time most convenient for you. Once you’ve electronically submitted your application, you’re done. In most cases, there’s no need to submit any documents. There’s also no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative.
Q: Does Social Security offer tools for retirement planning?
A: Yes. Social Security offers several retirement planning tools to help you better understand your Social Security protection as you plan for your financial future. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/planners to get started. Then choose a benefit calculator to estimate your monthly benefit amounts.
Q: How can I get proof of my benefits to apply for a loan?
A: If you need proof you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income and/or Medicare, you can request a benefit verification letter online through your my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. This letter is sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter.” You even can select the information you want included in your online benefit verification letter.
Q: Who is eligible for Supplemental Security Income?
A: People who receive SSI are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled with limited income and resources. Go to www.social
security.gov for income and resource limits. The general fund of the United States Treasury makes SSI payments. They do not come out of the Social Security Trust Fund.
Q: How can I get a new Medicare card?
A: If your red, white and blue Medicare card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can request a new one at www.socialsecurity.gov. However, you can use our online application only to request a Medicare card. If you need a Medicaid card, please contact your state Medicaid office.
Brian L. Hewitt is District Manager at the Social Security Administration office at 222 Cherry St.
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Q: I’m getting married soon. How can I get my name changed on my Social Security card?
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