Social Security is a crucial piece of the retirement puzzle for many golden agers. Fortunately, Charleston is home to a Social Security office. There are toll-free numbers to call, many offices in the area that you can visit, and a wide variety of services available online when you need assistance with a damaged or lost Social Security card, want to gain access to benefits, or have other problems.
There is one Social Security Administration (SSA) office within the city limits of Charleston. It is located at 1463 Tobias Gadson Boulevard. From 526/Mark Clark Expressway, you take exit 11A to Paul Cantrell Boulevard. You then take a left on Tobias Gadson, and the office will be on your left.
You can call all of the Social Security offices with one toll-free number: (800) 772-1213. Or, you can get TDD services by dialing 800-325-0778. Both of these numbers can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm Eastern time. In addition to the Charleston location, there are several other offices nearby in Beaufort, Walterboro, Georgetown, and Port Royal. To find the office closest to you, visit the SSA’s online office locator.
At your nearest Social Security office, you can get help updating your name on your Social Security card or get assistance with procuring a replacement card if yours is missing. Additionally, if you lose or damage your Medicare card, the office staff will help you get a new one.
When seniors take part in the SSA’s “Ticket to Work” program, they can find work and improve their workplace skill set while still receiving their benefits. If you are under 65 years of age and receive Social Security disability benefits, then this program is available to you free of charge. The Ticket to Work program is run by Able South Carolina in Charleston. For more information, you can contact the Charleston Social Security office at 866-495-0111.
It can take a lot of time to visit an SSA office in person, even if you live close by. Luckily, you can perform many Social Security-related tasks from the comfort of your own home thanks to Internet technology. This saves you time waiting in line and traveling. This is what you can do on the SSA website:
Get a Social Security benefits estimate
Apply for benefits
Appeal decisions on disability claims and follow up on those appeals
Order a replacement Social Security card
Find out your benefit eligibility
View Social Security statements
And, this is just the start. For example, you can deny access to your Social Security information by phone or online, an important step when you are the victim of domestic violence or identity theft. Also, you can find your lifetime earnings record, save and download your statement data, and view your updated estimated retirement benefits once you sign up for a free My Social Security account.
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