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If you need proof that you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare, you can get a benefit verification letter online by using your my Social Security account. This letter is sometimes called a "budget letter," a "benefits letter," a "proof of income letter," or a "proof of award letter." You can also get proof that you have never received Social Security benefits or SSI or proof that you have applied for benefits.

To create or sign in to your account to get a benefit verification letter, go to Sign In Or Create An Account. You will be able to view, print, and save the letter immediately. If you receive benefits or have a pending application, you will have the option to request to have a copy mailed to you within 10 business days. We will mail your benefit verification letter to the address we have on file. If your address is incorrect in our records and you get Social Security benefits, you should update your address through your personal my Social Security account, or by contacting us to update your address. If you get SSI benefits, you will need to contact us to update the address.

You cannot get a benefit verification letter online for another person, such as a spouse or child, unless the person is a beneficiary for whom you are an active representative payee.

If you can’t or don’t want to use your my Social Security account, or you need a letter for someone other than yourself, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

See Get your Social Security Benefit Verification Letter online for more information.

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