How Do I Report a Change in Address to Social Security?

This article outlines the steps necessary to update your address at the Social Security Administration website to avoid any disruptions or delays in receiving SSA benefits or Medicare. The article contains a step-by-step guide on how to change your information online and links to the contact number for the Social Security Administration for those without access to a computer or secure connection.

On average, you will move eleven times in your lifetime. If you are a recipient of social security benefit payments or you are receiving Medicare, it's vital you update your information as quickly as possible to make sure your benefits are not disrupted or delayed. Additionally, the Social Security Administration conducts all their important correspondence (requests for documentation, notices of changes in benefits to include increases and decreases, and policy updates) via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Therefore, having the correct, most up-to-date information helps you stay informed of your benefits. You may be asking yourself, "How do I report a change of address to social security?" or "What are the steps to updating my address on the social security website?"

In order to avoid delays or disruptions in receiving your benefits, you can contact the Social Security Administration here or you can follow these simple steps:

Updating Your Address Online

  1. Log in to my Social Security website.
  2. On the right-hand side of the screen, choose "My Profile."
  3. Select "Update Contact Information."
  4. Select when you want the update to go into effect.
  5. Select "Next."
  6. Once you've reviewed your information and verified it is all correct, select "Submit."

Updating Your Address Via Telephone

If you are not near a computer, or you have a connection that is public or not secure you can still report a change of address by calling the Social Security Administration. You can find their number here. Also, if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI, you can check the address on file through the online portal; however, you must call the SSA at the numbers linked in this article to actually change the address on file.

Points to Remember

Remember to only use trusted sites when providing personal information such as your name, date of birth, social security number, and address. The Social Security Administration will never call you and ask for information. That is why it's vitally important to report a change of address with the Social Security Administration as quickly as possible (and before the move if feasible) by following the steps outlined earlier or contacting them here. Updating your address early in the move will reduce or eliminate any delays in receiving benefits and help safeguard your information with the Social Security Administration. Remember that the Social Security Administration uses the USPS to send out notices, updates and documentation. Therefore, you want to make sure they have your correct information on file to keep your benefits reaching you on schedule.

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