Generations Magazine - Social Security - LogoIf retirement is on your horizon, we can answer your questions about Social Security benefits. Here are some common questions:

Q: What can Social Security do to help me plan for my retirement?

A: We have two online financial planning tools you can use to make informed decisions about your retirement: Retirement Planner at, and Retirement Estimator at They compute estimates of your future Social Security retirement benefits, including military service, household earnings and federal employment.

Q: I applied for a replacement Social Security card. When should I receive my new card?

A: You’ll usually receive your replacement card in about 10 days. We work hard to protect you, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure the integrity of your Social Security number. To do that, we have to verify documents you present as proof of identity. In some cases, documents must be certified before we can issue the card. For more information about your Social Security card and number, visit

Q: How do I schedule, reschedule, or cancel an appointment with Social Security?

A: Many transactions can be made online, like filing for Retirement, Medicare, Spouses’ and Disabiliy benefits. If you need to call us or apply for benefiuts in person, we are here to assist.


For questions, online applications or to make an appointment to visit a Social Security office,
contact us between 7am–5pm, Monday–Friday:
1-800-772-1213 (toll free)  |  1-800-325-0778 (TTY)