|In less than two months’ time, one million people have gone online, created a My Social Security account and viewed their Social Security Statement, according to Michael J. Astrue, commissioner.
The online statement provides estimates for retirement, disability and survivors benefits. It also provides workers as young as 18 a convenient year-round way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records. This method for verification was not possible when the agency mailed paper statements only to those 25 and older.
On May 1, Social Security unveiled this new addition to its popular suite of electronic services here. To access your online statement, you must be at least 18 years old, have a Social Security number, have a valid email address and have a U.S. mailing address.
“The online Social Security Statement is a huge success,” Astrue said. “The online Statement meets our commitment to provide Americans with an easy, efficient process to obtain an estimate of their potential Social Security benefits. I recommend that everyone get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example.”