Setting up your my Social Security account should be your first step on the road to financial literacy. How can you set one up?
Do you have an email account? You’ll need one, so we’ll have a way to contact you if we need to. If you don’t have one, there are many different free email service providers such as AOL – aolmail.com, Gmail – gmail.com, APPLE – ICloud.com, Outlook – outlook.com, or Yahoo – yahoo.com. There are many more. Social Security does not endorse these, we are just offering some examples.
After setting up your email account, go to www.ssa.gov/myaccount/. Click on the icon near the middle of the page that looks like a finger pressing a blue spacebar. Next, click on the turquoise box that says “Sign In or Create Account”. You’ll follow the directions on the left side that are for New Users. After you read the guidelines, click on “Create An Account”.
1) Verify some personal information. To keep your information safe, we need to verify your information every time we do business with you online. When you do business in our offices, we can ask you to show us some identification. Since we can’t do that online, we ask you questions to set up your account that only you would know the answer to. Once you successfully, answer the questions, we have verified your identity.
2) Create A Username and Password If you forget your Username, you can always retrieve it by going to the “Forgot Username” section. If you lose your Password, go to the “Forgot Password” section. When setting up the account, you will answer some “reset” questions which will be used to retrieve your Password. The password is good for 6 months, so if you don’t visit your account more frequently than that, you will have to change your password each time.
So, sign up for a my Social Security account today and start down the road to financial literacy.