Obtaining Proof of Social Security Retirement or Other Benefits

For many applications for entitlement programs, you need to show proof of your income. To obtain a letter from Social Security you do not need to go to a Social Security Office and wait on lines. You can call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you have an online Social Security account, you can order it online. If you do not have such an account, you should create one. It enables you to access many needed features, such as accessing your Social Security Statement, verify your earnings, print a benefit verification letter, change your direct deposit information, request a replacement Medicare card, and appoint an authorized representative, among other things. You may not need these now, but chances are that it will be very handy for the future.  Make an account now, while you are fully able.  You can do this with the following link: