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Old 07-04-2019, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Also did it online, super easy. At one point after I had started collecting I had a question. Called the SS office and they set up an appointment via telephone for a later date to straighten things out. That was also super easy.
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:31 AM
 
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We stay clear of our local office ..you can wait hours .....I had to go there only once for an appeal on my surcharge for Medicare because of a capital gain and the fact we retired ...I won so it was worth it
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:39 AM
 
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Just remember, if your credit is frozen (at the 3 credit bureaus) you will not be able to create an account online.
Yep, same goes for filing for medicare. When my husband tried to sign up he got frozen out after a few tries because he wasn't sure what the problem was even though I released the freeze so we had to go in person for them to create the account with a special one time password which you then took home and finished the sign up. Though I am not quite old enough yet I did also create my account so when I sign up I shouldn't have an issue.
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:45 PM
 
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I did it online, took about 5 minutes, very easy.
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Old 07-04-2019, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We were not online when we applied in 1997. The nice lady at the local office signed us up with no problems.

We have never seen a check, it has been direct deposit from day one.

We have moved 2 times since with change of banks, never a problem at the respective local offices. Moves were 2000 miles each.
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Did it online. Don't ever want to set foot in a SS office again. I had to go years ago to replace my card. Never saw a bigger group of idiots. One guy took more than one number so when the room filled up he could sell the lower numbers to people that just came in.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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I already have an on-line account So I will do that method.
What a Royal PITA to create! The questions!

What Credit Card did you apply for and receive in 2002?
Did you ever live at xyz address in Gainesville FL? (our son lived in Gainesville from 2004 to 2007, and for 12 months of that time I was a co-signer on his car loan, but was that his address?)

I was asked these and more like them in 2018 when setting up my account.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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I applied in-person because my situation was complicated. Dh had died so I was applying for Survivor benefits. I can collect higher benefits on my own record but am waiting till age 70. I tried applying on-line but they asked too many questions about DH's past marriages (there were two) that I couldn't answer. It wasn't bad at all; the woman I met with even checked to see if I could get a bigger Survivor benefit on my Ex's record (we'd been married 13 years and he was already deceased). I also wanted to be VERY clear that I was filing only for Survivor benefits and was letting mine grow and I have a document stating that now.

What surprised me was the number of youngish (in their 30s and 40s) people waiting to talk to someone. Some could be filing for Survivor benefits, of course- maybe the rest were filing for Disability?

Anyway, the quality of people working in the SS offices seems to vary but I was happy with the one near me.
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:19 AM
 
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Quick question:

To file online, do you need to scan any documents?

Thanks.
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:24 AM
 
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Quick question:

To file online, do you need to scan any documents?

Thanks.
no ...as long as it is not spousal
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