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What are some of the services offered on the Social Security website?

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Some of the services offered on SSA.gov include requesting a replacement Medicare card or SSA-1099, receiving all information via the website, rather than through regular mail, and changing your address or direct deposit. Registration on the site only takes a few minutes.

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To create an account, an individual must provide information such as a valid email address, social security number, a U.S. mailing address and be at least 18 years old. A person cannot register for anyone else and doing so may subject one to criminal or civil charges.

Once registered, members have access to several types of useful information and will not receive paper statements anymore, although there is a way to request paper statements on the website.

Registered users can request letters proving their benefits and easily keep track of their earnings. They can get an updated version of their future benefits, which is useful for those who are still working. Users also can request replacement forms and cards which will be of benefit during tax time.

One other useful feature available to online users is the ability to block all electronic access to personal information. This is especially useful for victims of identity theft or domestic abuse, or for those who have other reasons for wanting their information kept private.

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