Social Security office hours

I am writing with a reminder on Social Security field office hours and to provide information regarding options for completing Social Security service online and by telephone.

Effective November 19, 2012, Social Security field offices nationwide began closing to the public 30 minutes earlier each day. For example, a field office that was usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. now closes daily at 3:00 p.m.

In addition, effective January 2, 2013, offices began closing to the public at noon every Wednesday.

Most local Social Security offices are open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday. A few small offices have different hours. View local office hours online in the Popular Services section at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing us of a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available at www.socialsecurity.gov or by dialing our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Many of our online services also are available in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov.

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