Changing Your Social Security Benefits Address
If you receive Social Security benefits — whether they are in the form of retirement, disability, SSI or for some other purpose — then it obviously makes sense that it’s important to keep your records and profile up to date in the SSA system. If something about your status changes, then not notifying the SSA in a timely manner could lead to all sorts of problems, including delays in getting your benefit checks.
For this reason, if you move, you need to make sure to report your new address to the SSA as soon as possible. This is a relatively easy procedure, but that doesn’t make it any less important! In fact, there are a couple of different options for how to change your Social Security benefits address..
1) Use the Online Profile
The easiest way for most people to report a change of address is to simply go online and do it through your online profile at the SSA’s website. Haven’t set one up yet? It’s really simply. In the course of a few minutes you can have all of your necessary information ready to go, which means that in the future it only takes a few simple steps to change what needs to be changed.
However, it’s important to note that if you do not have a U.S. mailing address, OR if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) then this option is not available to you.
If the online option is not available to you, or if you prefer to keep your information off of the web, then simply move on to option number two.
2) Call the SSA
If you don’t have a U.S. address, if you are being paid SSI benefits, or if you don’t trust the web, then the next best (and second easiest) option is to give Social Security a call. You can actually call two different numbers to do this:
a) The main SSA number is 1-800-772-1213. This is a toll-free call. The SSA’s office hours are 7 am – 7 pm, Monday thru Friday. However, considering this is a national agency that deals with thousands of people every day, calling this number pretty much guarantees you a bit of a wait.
b) Instead, you can also try to call your local SSA agency. Not sure where that is, their number, or their hours? Use this locator to help.
3) Visit the SSA in Person
If online or over the phone isn’t working out for one reason or another, then you can always visit in person. Use the office locator above to find your local SSA office. Of course, unless you catch them at just the right time you might be in for a bit of a wait, so plan accordingly!
For more help on this or any other item related to SSA benefits, please contact us today.