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Social Security

Access Social Security from anywhere, including a vacation destination


Vonda Van Til

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

It’s still summer and millions of people are enjoying the nation’s beaches, forests and mountains. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, know that you can access Social Security’s online services anywhere you have an internet connection.

Our online services at help you plan for the future. We’re constantly expanding our online services to give you freedom and control in how you wish to conduct business with us. You can go online to use our benefits planners to help you better understand your Social Security protections; find out if you qualify for benefits; estimate your future retirement benefits to help you plan for your financial future; apply for retirement or Medicare quickly and easily; or open your personal My Social Security account.

A My Social Security account is the most versatile tool available. If you don’t receive benefits yet, you can get your Social Security Statement to review your earnings and make sure they’re recorded correctly; get a benefit verification letter to prove you don’t receive Social Security benefits or that you applied but haven’t received an answer yet; request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements; or check the status of your application or appeal a decision.

If you receive benefits, you can: change your address and phone number; get a benefit verification letter to prove you receive Social Security benefits Supplemental Security Income or Medicare; change your direct deposit information; request a replacement Medicare card; request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements; or get a replacement Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S) for tax purposes.

Sharing these online services with family and friends can make a difference. Many people still don’t know about all the business they can do online with Social Security. Anyone with questions can always start at or go to our online services at


Vonda Van Til is the public affairs specialist for West Michigan.  You may write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email to 





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