In January 2013, the Social Security Administration released a new feature on their website, my Social Security which offers a personalized online account that individuals can use to access their social security benefits, benefit verification letter, payment history and earnings records instantly!
How to Register
Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security income recipients are encouraged to go onto www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to set up their accounts. Once there, you will provide information about yourself and answer questions that only you are likely to know. After completing the secure verification process, a unique user name and password will be created to access your information. You must have a valid email address to register and be 18 years of age or older to sign up for an account online.
You may also visit your local Social Security office to apply in person for an online account. You will need proof of your current address, plus one of the following:
Valid U.S. driver's license;
Current state issued non-driver's identity card;
Unexpired U.S. passport or passport card;
U.S. military identification card; or
U.S. government employee identification card.
Benefits of Registration
Recipients receiving benefits currently can request a benefit verification letter online instantly which serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages, and other housing and state or local benefits. Additionally, the letter can be used to prove Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status and age. A copy of the letter can be saved for future use.