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Old 09-22-2020, 11:08 AM   #21
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I applied online in June right after my heart attack. Seamless. Easy. No problems. It was the next closest thing to thinking it into existence.

HEADS UP: It's been mentioned before in other SS/Medicare related threads. Make sure any freezes on your Big-3 credit bureau accounts are lifted otherwise they cannot verify your personal data.
+1, it was easy to do on line, but lifting my three credit files was painful. I misplaced the pin for one of the bureau's, and had to speak with a representative. She asked me to verify a credit account that I had established in 2002. Seriously, I could not come up with the answer, so I said goodbye and called back again a week later and got a different question that I could answer.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:13 AM   #22
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My on line application was approved within two weeks, but the first payment isn't expected until mid-November (October's benefit; all payments are in the month after the benefit month).

I would recommend creating an account with mySocialSecurity if you haven't already. You can review your earning history and account to verify that everything is complete & correct. My application was "clean" - accurate work history, no errors or updates in other data. Fixing problems before you apply could save some time & frustration.

The actual application only took about 10 minutes.

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Old 09-22-2020, 11:27 AM   #23
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The bolded above^ is incorrect.


I printed a copy of my online SS application. They most certainly do ask. Here's an extract of that section.
Birth and Citizenship Information
Place of Birth:
U.S. Citizen: yes/no
Type of Citizenship:
Date of Citizenship:


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That's where I ran into trouble...my info did not make the computer happy..
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:26 PM   #24
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Thinking about applying for SS later this year. DW is actually.

Has anyone had a seamless application online from initial application to it appearing in their checking/savings account?

I applied for Medicate at our local office, made appointment, went in, applied and all was pretty seamless there.

With Covid we are concerned about going to an office which could have a higher risk of transmission than applying online.
Social Security offices have not been open for months.
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Old 09-22-2020, 03:33 PM   #25
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I applied online in June right after my heart attack. Seamless. Easy. No problems. It was the next closest thing to thinking it into existence.

HEADS UP: It's been mentioned before in other SS/Medicare related threads. Make sure any freezes on your Big-3 credit bureau accounts are lifted otherwise they cannot verify your personal data.
You have to lift your security freeze with Equifax to open a SS online account (no need to lift it with the other credit agencies). If you already have an online SS account you don't have to lift your credit freeze to apply for SS or Medicare.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:21 PM   #26
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DW applied online and had no problems. I don't get SS.

Are you a public employee by chance? I'm a retired public employee but never paid into SS so I'll get zero, even though I have a couple of SS quarters from my pre-public employment.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:38 PM   #27
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You have to lift your security freeze with Equifax to open a SS online account (no need to lift it with the other credit agencies). If you already have an online SS account you don't have to lift your credit freeze to apply for SS or Medicare.

Hey, that's even better
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:09 PM   #28
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When you say a "social security account" does that mean a "my social security account". We have credit freezes and both myself and my wife have "my social security" accounts. My wife will be applying for social security in the next month. We would like her first payment to begin in 2021.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:44 PM   #29
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When you say a "social security account" does that mean a "my social security account". We have credit freezes and both myself and my wife have "my social security" accounts. My wife will be applying for social security in the next month. We would like her first payment to begin in 2021.
Yes, "my social security account" is what it is called. If your wife already has the "my social security account" set up then she should be able to apply online.
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Applying for SS Online Rather than in Person at Local SS Office.

I applied for my Social Security benefit to start in March 2019. Everything in the application was clear and simple and it all processed just fine.

Until I got a call from them telling me that I had to appear in person at a local office with proof of my identity! They caller could not tell me why, he just said that my application was flagged for possible fraud.

I did a walk-in appointment and when I finally got my time with the representative I showed my proof of identity and he proceeded to finalize my application. I asked why it was flagged and he told me it was probably because I was sending my direct deposit to an online savings account. I don’t depend on my SS deposit for monthly expenses so I thought I’d like to get some interest on it!

So start with your deposit going to a brick and mortar CHECKING account and you can change that easily after your benefit starts.
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