How Can I Check my Social Security Status?

How Can I Check my Social Security Status

Checking your Social Security status is easy – if you know where to look.

If you're one of the millions of Americans who is applying for Social Security benefits this year, congratulations! Retirement is an exciting time for many, freeing up your days to spend with friends and family, traveling, finding hobbies, and relaxing away from the workplace.

Once you submit your application, awaiting a response can be nerve-wracking. The good news is the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a robust offering of online services to help you get the information you need from anywhere, including updates on your Social Security application status.

Here is more information about how to check your status, how to create a my Social Security account, and what the application status shows.

How to check Social Security benefits status

Checking the status of your Social Security benefits is easy – all you have to do is log into your my Social Security account. On the My Home page:

  1. Scroll to the Your Benefit Applications section
  2. Select View Details under the More Info heading
  3. Find the Current Status section
  4. View your application status

You must have a my Social Security account to view the status of your application online. Or, if you can't check the status online, you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also visit your local Social Security office.

How to create a my Social Security account

In your my Social Security account, examples of things you can do include:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card
  • Check the status of an application
  • Estimate future benefits
  • Manage your existing benefits

To set up an account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Create an Account
  3. Click Sign in with LOGIN.GOV or Create an account
  4. If you already have a account, then sign in. If not, scroll down and click create an account
  5. Enter your email address, choose your language preference, accept the rules of use, and click submit

Once your account is created, you'll be taken back to the Social Security website to finish creating the account. After completing all required fields, your account will be activated, and you'll be logged in.

Related reading: Creating Your Online Social Security Account

What does the Social Security application status show?

When you log into your account to check your status, you will be able to view:

  • The date you filed the application
  • The current claim location
  • The servicing office location
  • The scheduled hearing date and time, if applicable
  • Re-entry numbers if your application was incomplete

You'll also be able to view links to articles and publications that may be helpful for you depending on your claim and the status of the application in the process.

Additional resources

ClearMatch Medicare: Find a Medicare Plan

Social Security Administration: Find Your Local SSA Office

SSA: Check the Status of Your Social Security Application


After retiring from a career as an executive travel counselor in 2006, Donna Frederick embarked on a second career as a licensed insurance agent. During that first year, many clients told Donna how overwhelmed they felt by Medicare, but that her assistance helped them finally understand the Medicare program. That experience inspired Donna to focus her efforts on educating her clients to ensure they fully understand their Medicare options. Today, Donna takes pride in providing outstanding customer service and going the extra mile to make sure each client knows all of their options and has a sound understanding of their Medicare plan, from costs to coverage and all points in between.


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