Social Security is an important part of retirement for many older adults. Thankfully, there are several social security offices near Tempe. Additionally, there is a broad array of services available online, in-person assistance, and toll-free phone numbers you can call when you have lost or damaged your Social Security card, want to apply for benefits, or have other issues.
Though there are no Social Security Administration (SSA) offices inside of Tempe’s city limits, there are several within the Phoenix metropolitan area where Tempe is located. The closest one is in neighboring Mesa at 702 West Jerome Avenue. This is less than a fifteen-minute drive from the Tempe city center. Just jump on US-60 East, take exit 179 for South Country Club Drive, then take that to West Jerome Avenue.
The toll-free phone number for all Social Security offices is (800) 772-1213. Or, you can contact 800-325-0778 if you need TDD service. You can reach both lines from 7 am to 7 pm Mountain Standard Time Monday through Friday. There are also offices available in Glendale, two locations within Phoenix’s city limits, and in several other areas throughout south-central Arizona. Find the nearest office to you by entering your zip code into the SSA’s online office locator.
If your card is lost or you change your name, your closest Social Security office can help you replace or update your Social Security card. Plus, the staff members at the office can assist you in getting a replacement card when you damage or lose your Medicare card.
If you are a golden ager who is under 65 years of age and receive Social Security disability benefits, you may be able to take part in the SSA’s free “Ticket to Work” program. This program helps people develop their workplace skills and subsequently find work while they continue to receive benefits. There are over 80 providers taking part in this program in Tempe. Contact Ability360 toll-free at 866-304-9675 for work incentives planning and assistance.
Even if you happen to live right by a Social Security office, in-person visits can take time. Luckily, you can avoid the time and hassle of traveling to the office by taking care of many of your Social Security-related tasks online. You can do the following over the Internet:
Apply for benefits
Request a replacement Social Security card
Check out your Social Security statements
Estimate your future Social Security benefits
Appeal decisions on disability claims and follow up on appeals
Find out whether you are currently eligible for benefits
This is just the start of what you can do online. As a matter of fact, if you are a victim of identity theft or domestic abuse, you can block online and phone access to your Social Security information. You can also view your lifetime earnings record, see your current estimated retirement benefits, and save, record, and download your statement data by creating a secure My Social Security account.
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