Social Security Office Phone Number & Website Links

If you need the social security office phone number or their website, here are some options for you.

For many years, Social Security speakers attended my Pre-Retirement Planning Program for County Government employees where i worked.

I have shared what I learned here: More on SS benefits here!  Please don't apply before learning about your options.

IF you are ready to contact Social Security, ask the right questions, or actually apply... 

Social Security by phone

If you need to contact Social Security, 1-800-772-1213 is the nationwide number.

If you have hearing problems, Social Security also has a TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, which is available from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on week days.

This is an automated line with recorded information, however, you can also speak to a representative between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on week days. If those times are inconvenient for you, a recording is available and you may find the answer to your question without speaking to anyone.

You can no longer call your local office for an appointment. They changed it years ago, but it's not a problem... really!

Social Security website

This is a link to the Social Security website.

This is the link to apply for your Social Security benefit.

When to call Social Security

The best time to call Social Security is NOT Monday, when most folks call. It's best to place your phone calls or visits to other days... you'll make the connection much easier for yourself (and quite possibly find more helpful employees who aren't so busy)!

When to Apply for benefits

If you have determined that you do want to apply for Social Security Early Retirement benefits at age 62:

You should apply three months before age 62, if you intend to start benefits at 62.

You might need any of the following:

  • your Social Security card 
  • your birth certificate proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status 
  • military discharge papers if you served before 1968 
  • last year's W2 tax form or tax return if self employed

Please take the time to read this article on Social Security Early Retirement before you apply... just to assure yourself that you've thought through the process and your timing is right!

More on SS benefits here!