Winter Weather – Is Your Social Security Office Open Today?


Several inches of snow fell in my part of eastern North Dakota overnight with more to arrive today according to the forecast.

Today seems a good time to remind you that Social Security office closing information is posted on the agency website,

At one time or another, severe weather or some unanticipated event can force a local Social Security office to unexpectedly close temporarily. Before traveling, consider going online to check the Office Closings page on the Social Security website,

Link to the Office Closings & Emergencies page from the Items of Interest section at lower left of the homepage. Information is updated every ten minutes.


Good weather or bad, most Social Security business can be handled without actually visiting an office. Most Social Security business can be completed by telephone or online, including filing application for benefits.

The SSA national toll-free number, 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) has representatives available from 7:00am – 7:00pm local time and automated services at other times.

Online services are available in Spanish, with information in other languages offered too. Select languages at the top of the homepage. A list of online services is here.

More online services are available when you create your personal, pin and password protected, my Social Security account.

Although most Social Security services do not require a personal local office visit, if you prefer visiting in person know that most local Social Security offices are open 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9am to Noon on Wednesday. A few small offices have different hours.

View local office hours online at the Contact Us link, also in the Items of Interest section of or at top of the homepage.