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SSA: How to Change Your Address With Social Security

If you get Social Security benefits (retirement, survivors, or disability) or are enrolled in Medicare, changing your address with the Social Security Administration (SSA) should be on top of your moving to-do list. Here’s how to change your address with Social Security

How to Change Your Address With Social Security?

There are 3 ways to change your address with Social Security.

  1. Online directly through your My Social Security Account under Update Contact Information.
  2. By phone at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Keep reading to learn more on how to change your address in person.

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Do I Have to Notify Social Security of My Address Change?

Yes, you have to notify Social Security of your address change within 10 days of your move.

If you fail to notify Social Security of your address change within the required time-frame:

  • You may experience a delay in the receipt of your benefits.
  • You might not receive the full amount of your benefits.
  • You may be deducted up to $100 from your SSI payments.
  • Your benefit payments may be suspended for up to 24 months.

Who must update their address with the Social Security?

  • Recipient of Social Security benefits (retirement, survivors, or disability)
  • Enrolled in Medicare, SSDI, CDB, or DWB
  • Beneficiary of SSI
  • If you were receiving benefits on behalf of a worker’s child younger than 16.
  •  You have a disabled child, had a disabled child that has now left your care or had a disabled child that has been adopted by someone else.
  • Even if you’re not getting benefits now, you may still want to change your address to receive notices from Social Security.

Who is exempt from reporting a change of address to Social Security?

 

Social Security Change of Address Online

The most convenient

To change your address online with Social Security, you must first log in to your My Social Security Account or create one.

How to create a My Social Security Account

  1. Visit the My Social Security Account sign up page.
  2. Click Create a new account.
  3. Sign in with Login.gov or sign in with a partner account you already have through ID.me.
  4. Keep your confirmation number handy.

How to change address on My Social Security Account

  1. Sign in to your My Social Security Account
  2. Go to My Profile
  3. Select Update Contact Information 
  4. Type your new address and press update. You can also schedule this update to take effect on a particular day — like your moving date.

Eligibility for change of address on My Social Security Account

  • Eligible: If you receive Social Security Benefits (retirement, survivors, disability) or are enrolled in Medicare, you can change your address online with Social Security.
  • Not eligible: The online address change is not currently available to people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or do not have a U.S.-mailing address. However, if you are receiving SSI, you can check your current address that the SSA has on record through My Account

If you’re not eligible to change your address online, you can:

  • Change your address by phone
  • Change your address in person

 

Social Security Change of Address by Phone

The easiest option

To change your address by phone with Social Security call 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

People who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or who do not have a U.S. mailing address can only change their address by phone or by visiting a Social Security Field Office.

 

Social Security Office Change of Address (In person)

When you’re in the area

Are you an old-timer who prefers face-to-face interactions? You can change your address with Social Security by visiting your local Social Security Office.

  1. Locate your nearest Social Security Field Office.
  2. Book an appointment in advance to avoid wait times (required due to COVID in 2021).

Find an SSA Office Near Me

You can locate your nearest SSA office by using the Social Security Office LocatorSimply enter your Zip Code, and it’ll show the nearest Field Office.

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Change of Address

How Do I Get a Social Security Replacement Card?

There are 4 ways to get a Social Security replacement card:

Online Social Security Card replacement is not available in:

  • Alaska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • West Virginia

How Do I Make an Appointment at a Social Security Office?

  • Locate your local SSA field office
  • Call the local field office to book a slot.
  • Appointments may not be immediately available or completely suspended, depending on local health and safety conditions and staffing.

How Do I Notify Social Security of a Death?

  • Give the funeral director/home the deceased person’s Social Security number if you want them to make the report.
  • Call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to report a death or apply for benefits.

What Is the Address for the Social Security Administration?

Social Security Administration

Office of Public Inquiries and Communications Support

1100 West High Rise

6401 Security Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21235

When Are Social Security Offices Typically Open?

  • Social Security Offices are typically open for visits: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Social Security Offices are typically open for calls: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Conclusion

Changing your address with the SSA is crucial to avoid potential delays in receiving the benefits or even a complete suspension of them. The easiest ways to change your address with the SSA are by updating it online or by calling SSA. Remember, you only get 10 days after your move to change your address. Make sure this is on top of your to-do list.

Are you moving soon? Make sure you check out some of the best moving truck rental companies and moving companies.

Now that changing your address with the SSA has been taken care of, read our complete change of address checklist to find our who to notify next.

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Selina is a motivated marketing intern with a keen interest in developing engaging content related to moving experiences and city life. With a passion for fashion and traveling, she brings a fresh perspective to our readers. Her talent for crafting innovative written material effectively positions MovingWaldo as a trusted resource for hassle-free and efficient moves.

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