By Cherryl Kjos
Winona Social Security District Manager
This July fourth, you may find yourself inspired to declare your own independence by doing things yourself instead of depending on others.
We at Social Security applaud your efforts to take charge! With that in mind, we encourage you to consider our online services when you need to conduct business with Social Security.
Whether you want to apply for retirement benefits, request a replacement Medicare card, report a change of address or direct deposit if you are currently receiving benefits, or take charge of your retirement planning, you can do it on our website.
Wait for an appointment? Not for an independent-thinking person like you! There's no need to wait or depend on another person when the power is at your fingertips. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices/ to get started.
Many of these services can be completed online without taking another step. Some services require you to mail in documents and information. You may decide to print out what you've completed online and to take it into the office with the necessary documentation. Regardless, you'll be ahead of the pack by using our online services.
You can rest assured that doing business with Social Security online is fast, easy and secure.
Many of our online services are available as automated phone services as well. Just call 1-800-772-1213 to take advantage of our automated phone services.
Take part in the online revolution "” declare your own independence this Fourth of July by doing it yourself "” using Social Security's online services. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.