For many seniors, Social Security is a crucial part of retirement. Luckily, Scottsdale is close to a number of Social Security offices. There is in-person assistance, toll-free phone numbers you can call, and a wide range of services available online when you want to apply for benefits, have damaged or lost your Social Security card, or if you have another issue.
Within Scottsdale’s city limits, there are no Social Security Administration (SSA) offices. However, Scottsdale is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area where there are several offices. The closest one is within the city of Phoenix at 16241 North Tatum Boulevard. It is about a 25-minute drive from the Scottsdale city center. You head north on North Scottsdale Road for seven miles, then turn left onto East Cactus Road. After three miles, turn right on North Paradise Village Parkway East then right on North Tatum. The office will be on your right two miles down.
To call any Social Security office, dial the toll-free number (800) 772-1213. Or, if you need TDD service, call 800-325-0778. Both of these numbers are available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm Mountain Standard Time. In addition to the North Tatum location, there are other offices in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and throughout south-central Arizona. Enter your zip code into SSA’s online office locator to find out which office is nearest you.
Your closest Social Security office can help you replace a Social Security card you may have lost or to update your card when you change your name. Additionally, when you lose or damage your Medicare card, the workers on staff at the office will help you get a replacement.
You may be able to take part in a free SSA program called “Ticket to Work” if you are an older adult who is 64 years of age or younger and gets Social Security disability benefits. While you continue to receive your benefits, this program helps you find work and develop workplace skills. In Scottsdale, there are more than 80 providers taking part in the program. For work incentives planning and assistance, call Ability360 at 866-304-9675.
In-person visits can eat up your time even if you are located right next to a Social Security office. Fortunately, you can complete many of your Social Security tasks online and avoid the hassle of traveling or time wasted waiting in line. Online, you can:
Appeal decisions made on your disability claims and follow up on appeals
Look at Social Security statements
Apply for benefits
See if you are currently eligible for benefits
Get an estimate of your future Social Security benefits
Ask for a replacement Social Security card
This is just the beginning of the services that are available online. You can also block phone and online access to your Social Security info, which is crucial if you are the victim of domestic abuse or identity theft. Also, when you create a secure My Social Security account, you can see your current estimated retirement benefits, view your lifetime earnings record, and record, save, and download your statement data.
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