Social Security is part of a retiree’s livelihood after leaving the grind of the workforce. Don’t be confused by the program and leave questions unanswered. You can find nearby Social Security offices to help you with your benefits like replacing a lost or damaged card or applying for Social Security and Medicare benefits. The office staff is there for you and to answer any questions. You can also contact the Social Security by calling one of the toll-free numbers or completing requests online.
The local Social Security office in St. Petersburg’s address is 30 Dr. MLK Street S., which is on the corner of Central Avenue and 9th Street S. The main phone line is 1.800.772.1213. The TTY line is 1.800.325.0778. The office is open Monday - Friday, with hours of 9-4 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, the hours are 9-12.
There are also offices in Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Valrico. To find additional locations, enter a zip code into the SSA’s online office locator.
The Social Security office can help you with several federal programs including Social Security, Medicare, retirement, and disability. You can go to the office for assistance on a variety of tasks or if you have questions. To avoid a wait, you can schedule an appointment to speak with a representative.
If you receive Social Security disability benefits and are under the age of 65, you should consider the SSA’s free “Ticket to Work” program. This program trains you on new job skills, and you will still receive your disability pay while you learn. Area agencies administer this program locally. For more details about this program or to apply, call the Helpline at 1.866.968.7842.
If you and others still have questions about Social Security benefits, you can request a speaker to present to your club, senior community, or another group. Just fill out the online form and request 30 days before your event. You can apply for a translator to explain benefits in any language.
Going to the office takes a lot of effort from transportation to time. Luckily, there are many things you can do online, avoiding that dreaded trip to a local office. Here are some online tasks you can do on the SSA’s website:
Apply for Social Security benefits
Download necessary forms
Request replacement cards for both Social Security and Medicare
Find eligible Social Security programs
Calculate benefits with the Retirement Estimator
View your Social Security statements
Appeal a medical or non-medical decision
Review your application or claims status
You can also block online and phone access to your Social Security information for financial privacy. To review your Social Security benefits such as statements and retirement calculations, create a My Social Security account. With this account, you can manage several things for your Social Security. You can update your contact information, change your direct deposit amount and bank account, download a benefit verification letter, and request tax forms (SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S).
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