Beginning today, Social Security offices will be closed and all business will be done by phone or online. If you need help from Social Security:

· First, please use the secure and convenient online services available at You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more.

· Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.

· If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, they will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, they will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Please remember that the employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

· If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online at