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How do you use the secure SSA.gov MyAccount portal?

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After creating a secure, online personal account with the Social Security Administration, users sign in online at SSA.gov to access information regarding their Social Security earnings and benefits. Those not yet receiving Social Security benefits can review their Social Security statements, including estimates of future benefits, and verify that their earnings, as posted by the Social Security Administration, are correct. Individuals already receiving benefits can also request benefit verification letters, update personal information and request Medicare replacement cards.

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Account initiation requires that the applicant be at least 18 years old and able to provide a valid e-mail address, a mailing address in the United States and a Social Security number. As an enhanced means of identity verification, the application process also requires that an individual answer a few personal questions specific to his personal life history.

To create an account, in addition to identity verification, new users must accept certain terms and conditions related to accessing and using their online accounts and create user names and passwords. Once a user has established an account, he no longer routinely receives paper copies of his Social Security statements without specifically requesting them.

The Social Security Administration does not allow anyone to create an online Social Security account on behalf of another person, even with written permission.

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