Who Can Access My Social Security Record?

People with Social Security accounts are allowed to access their own accounts. Any attempt to access another person's account requires written permission from that person, per the Freedom of Information Act. Such requests are processed at local Social Security offices, according to the Social Security Administration.

Representatives of someone claiming Social Security benefits must make those requests at a local Social Security office. Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Social Security Administration is not allowed to release personal information about living people, confidential financial information or any information regarding the results of any investigations, as the Social Security Administration explains. Additionally, information that is legally confidential may not be released.