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Need a New Social Security Card? Apply Online!

Need a New Social Security Card? Apply Online!

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Apply for your Social Security card online today!

Your Social Security card is probably one of the most important documents you can possess. If it is lost or stolen, you should get a new card right away. The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes this task relatively easy by allowing you the option of applying online! Let us from Social Security Disability Advocates USA explain how it works and what you can do to apply for your Social Security card online.

Here are the basics:

If your SS card is lost or stolen, you may not necessarily have to apply in person. If you meet the following conditions, you can apply for a replacement card online:

  • You are a U.S. citizen 18 years or older and have a U.S. mailing address, and you
  • Are not requesting any change to your SS card, and
  • You have a driver’s license or another state-issued ID card from one of many participating states.

If you meet all these conditions, you can apply for your new SS card online. Simply set up your My Social Security account online and get started! Applying online is often easier and less cumbersome than having to go to your local Social Security office in person. If you can, you should apply for your Social Security card online. In addition, certain states are ineligible for this online service. Check back soon, though! The online application service is constantly expanding into more states.

If you do not meet the previous conditions, you will have to apply for a new SS card in person.

Documents Required

The required documents vary depending on your citizenship status and other factors. You will need documents proving your citizenship, age, and identity.

For citizenship, the SSA only accepts U.S. birth certificates or U.S. passports.

For age, you must present your birth certificate, if one exists. If one does not exist, you can show a religious record made before the age of 5 indicating the date of your birth, a U.S. hospital record showing the date of birth, or your U.S. passport. Keep in mind, if you are over age 12 and requesting an original SS card, the SSA will ask you for evidence that you don’t already have a SS number. For example, if you lived outside the U.S., you’ll need to show a record indicating long-term stay outside the U.S. If you lived in the U.S., the SSA may request tax records and information on schools you attended to show that you indeed never got a Social Security number.

To prove your identity, the SSA accepts U.S. driver’s licenses, State-issued ID cards, and U.S. passports. If these are unavailable, the SSA will ask to see other documents such as an employee ID card, a school ID card, a health insurance (not Medicare) card, or a U.S. military ID card.

All documents must be originals or copies that have been certified by the issuing agency. Photocopied or notarized copies are unacceptable.

Once everything has been verified, you are good to go to get your new Social Security card!

Still Wondering If You Should Get Your Social Security Card Online?

If you have further questions about Social Security, call SSDA USA today! Our advocates work to address your every concern, so don’t keep your questions to yourself. You can reach us anytime at 602-952-3200. Alternatively, you can contact us online and check out our LiveChat feature. Leave your questions to the experts. Call SSDA USA today!

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute a representative-client relationship.

Are You Getting Enough from your Social Security Disability Insurance?

Are You Getting Enough from your Social Security Disability Insurance?

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Wondering how much SSDI you should be receiving? Contact SSDA USA today!

Many people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance assume they are receiving the correct amount. Usually, they are. But there are a variety of factors that can influence how much SSDI you receive.

Here’s the gist:

It’s impossible to know right off the bat how much an individual will make from their SSDI. There are many factors to consider, everything from work history to disability status. Because of this, let us from Social Security Disability Advocates USA explain some common factors that affect how much SSDI you and your family can receive.

Employment Income

To qualify for SSDI, an individual must have a condition that 1) will result in death, or 2) has lasted or will last for no less than a year, and 3) prevents them from working above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit (which, in 2018, is $1,180 or $1,970 for blind people).

You must consult your total work credits and work earnings to calculate your monthly SSDI payment. For most people, 40 work credits (approximately 10 years of work) is the prerequisite for collecting SSDI benefits. Younger people do not need as many credits, however. When calculating SSDI, SSA agents use a formula on your work earnings to figure out how much SSDI you will receive monthly. Check out this SSDI calculator for more info.

If you earn a monthly amount equal to or greater than the SGA, your benefits will likely stop. Working part-time and earning below the SGA will not necessarily stop your benefits, but you could see a significant reduction.

Medical Improvement

The entire point of SSDI is to aid disabled individuals. If you see any kind of medical improvement, you could see a reduction or even a halt of your benefits. A medical improvement is any kind of improvement that would allow you to go back to the work you were doing before, or even some new kind of work.

Incarceration

Crime charges and incarceration for more than 30 days will result in the reduction or cancellation of your benefits. You will be able to reinstate your benefits once you leave, but you will not receive any Social Security benefits while you are in jail/prison.

Family Changes

Sometimes, certain arrangements in the family can reduce or cancel benefits. For example, if you are a dependent receiving SSDI based on your parent’s record, your benefits will likely end if you turn 18 or get married. If you are receiving SSDI benefits based on your own record, however, getting married will not affect your SSDI benefits. Reaching retirement age also cancels your SSDI benefits, since you cannot receive Social Security disability benefits and Social Security retirement benefits in tandem.

Still Wondering How Much SSDI You Qualify For?

If you still have questions about Social Security, Social Security Disability Advocates USA is here to help! We work tirelessly to help you with any concerns you have, so call us anytime at 602-952-3200. Additionally, you can contact us online and utilize our LiveChat feature. Don’t wonder anymore about Social Security. Contact us today!

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, a representative-client relationship.