When you’re applying for a mortgage, loan or housing, you may need proof of your Social Security benefits. Other times, you may need to prove you’ve never received or applied for retirement, disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare benefits. When this happens, your personal my Social Security account is the fastest and most efficient way to get your benefit verification letter — the proof you need. You can get a benefit verification letter, sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter,” online instantly by logging into your account.
It’s easy. To set up your account, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and select, “Sign In or Create an Account.” You will need to provide some personal information, like your email address or Social Security number, to verify your identity and choose a username and password. To protect your information, you’ll be asked to set up a second identification method to further verify your identity. You’ll need either your cell phone number or email address as your second identification every time you sign into your account.
You can set up your account from the comfort of your home. Once you create your account, scroll down to the Benefits and Payments section and choose “get benefit verification letter.” Then you can instantly view, print, or save your official letter. It takes only a few minutes.
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