Find Alabama social security offices, administration locations, and local departments of social security. Social security offices provide information on card replacements, eligibility, applications, statements, name change, SSDI, disability, benefits, and identity fraud & theft.
A Social Security Office is one of the 1,230 field offices of the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration oversees the nation's Social Security program and the Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) program. Social Security provides monthly retirement benefits to eligible senior citizens and their survivors, as well as disability payments to disabled workers and their dependents. The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
The Social Security Administration divides its field offices into ten regions across the country. Field offices offer a wide range of services related to Social Security programs. New or replacement Social Security cards can be issued at field offices, provided the applicant brings the appropriate documentation. The required documentation differs depending on the applicant's citizenship and the type of card requested. Social Security field offices can estimate Social Security retirement benefit payments for individuals and help to determine eligibility for benefits as well as options for when to begin receiving benefits.
Individuals may also apply for retirement benefits or SSI benefits at a Social Security field office. The application process should begin no more than four months from the date the applicant wishes to begin receiving benefits. The process requires applicants to provide a substantial amount of information, including their Social Security number, date and place of birth, information concerning spouse and dependents, income and employment information, and Social Security statement. After applications for benefits are processed, applicants are notified of their benefit amounts by mail.
Social Security field offices also provide help to individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits. Decisions are made on disability benefits claims based on the applicant's medical records, medical and psychological evidence, Continuing Disability review, and the applicant's own statements.
Although Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Social Security field offices also take applications for enrolling in Medicare. Medicare provides health insurance coverage to people age 65 years and older, and in some cases, younger individuals with disabilities or specific health conditions.