Social Security FAQs

Smiling Vietnamese florists checking bills and sales receipts and keeping bookkeeping neatYou may need Social Security when you  least expect it and we’re here to make sure our information is always accessible to you.

Whether you’re planning for your retirement years in advance or thinking about applying today, you probably have questions.

Our Frequently Asked Questions at has answers to your questions about our programs and services. We feature our most-asked questions at the top of the page to quickly help you find answers to the most common questions, such as:

• What should I do if I receive a call from someone claiming to be a Social Security employee?
• How do I change or correct my name on my Social Security number card?
• How can I get a Social Security Statement that shows a record of my earnings and an estimate of my future benefits?
• How do I apply for a new or replacement Social Security card?

You can also browse by topics, such as disability, Social Security payments, retirement and Medicare. We also have a publications library at with information on many topics. And we provide each publication in text, audio and downloadable formats.

Social Security seal800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) M–F, 8:30am–3:30pm
SSA Office Locator:
Advance Designation FAQ: (Other Topics)
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