Areas of the country have already experienced cold temperatures and snowfalls that are earlier than expected for this time of year.
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, www.socialsecurity.gov.
The Office Closings link is in the Items of Interest section at lower left of the homepage. Information is updated hourly so check for the latest update before leaving home.
Even if your office is open, you can probably handle your business without travelling. Most Social Security business can be done by telephone or online. The SSA national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) has representatives available from 7:00am – 7:00pm local time and automated services at other times.
More online services are available if you have created your personal my Social Security account. With this, you can download a letter verifying your benefit amount or make changes to your record, such as changing your address.
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 9 am to 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9 am 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 www.socialsecurity.gov.