How To Contact Social Security

You can contact Social Security in person, by mail or by telephone in order to get information or to report events which may affect payments.

Service Around The World

Social Security business can be transacted in many foreign countries. If you are outside the United States, see our list of Contacts for Services outside the United States.

Service in the United States

If you are in the United States, please contact your local Social Security office or call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. To locate the Social Security office that serves your area, use the Local Office Search.

Information We Need

When you contact Social Security, be sure to provide your Social Security claim number as well as all of the following information:

  • Name of the person or persons about whom the report is being made;
  • What is being reported and the date it happened; and
  • the claim number that appears on the person's Social Security check or on the letters or other correspondence we send you. (This is a nine-digit number— 000-00-0000—followed by a letter, or a letter and a number.)
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