Making your life easier at SocialSecurity.Gov

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

We offer many online tools and services to save you time.  Here are five that can make your life easier:

  1. Open your own personal my Social Security account, which will enable you to request a replacement Social Security card, verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters, and more at  We’ve recently added some new features like the Retirement Calculator to make doing business with us easier than ever.
  2. Need answers to your Social Security-related questions?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page at
  3. You can complete and submit our online application for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes at
  4. Access our publications library — we have online booklets and pamphlets (including audio versions) on key subjects at
  5. Check out our blog for Social Security news and updates: Social Security Matters at

Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at