Individuals can see their Social Security status by creating a personal My Social Security account on the official website of the Social Security Administration. The person creating the account must be age 18 or over and have a Social Security number, email address and U.S. mailing address.
My Social Security accounts allow users who are not yet receiving Social Security benefits to verify their yearly earnings, view an estimate of the Social Security and Medicare taxes they have paid, and receive estimates of future retirement, survivors and disability benefits. Those who already receive benefits can check earnings records and benefit information, receive a benefit verification letter, get Social Security documents necessary for tax filing, and change personal and direct deposit information.
When individuals create My Social Security accounts, they must provide personal information and set up personal questions and a unique password to protect the account. Those provided with an account activation code by the Social Security Administration enter the code along with their name, date of birth and Social Security number. Only individuals seeking information about their own Social Security status can create My Social Security accounts. It is illegal for business associates, accountants or other representatives to create them even with written permission.