Social Security Administration and Change of Address
Social Security Disability benefits are cash payments the Social Security Administration sends to thousands of disabled Americans. To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, the disabled individual must have worked and paid income taxes for a sufficient number of years prior to becoming disabled. If you receive SSDI benefits, you get your payment each month via either direct deposit or a check in the mail.
The Social Security Administration must have your current, most up-to-date information in their records in order to send you your benefits each month. If you make any changes to your address or contact information and don't notify Social Security, your benefits payment could be seriously delayed. Fortunately, if you're moving, the Social Security Administration has several ways you can notify them of your change of address.
Before You Contact the Social Security Administration
Prior to letting the Social Security Administration know of your move, you must have several pieces of information ready for your change of address to go as smoothly as possible.
- A new address: You must secure your permanent address prior to requesting that the Social Security Administration start sending your checks and any related correspondence there. You should have already signed a lease and be absolutely certain you're moving to the address. The Social Security Administration may take several weeks to process your information, during which your benefits payments may be delayed. If you change your mind or make a mistake when reporting the new address, your payments could be delayed by a month or longer. Ensure that you know your new address' zip code.
- A valid phone number: If you'll be using a new phone number in your new home, be sure that you know what it is prior to making the change with the SSA in case they need to contact you over the phone with any questions about your change of address.
- Your SSDI case information: You'll need your SSDI case information along with other personally identifying information—like your Social Security number and date of birth—to make any changes. If you have a Social Security password, you should have that on hand, too—it'll make the process go a lot smoother.
Changing Your Social Security Disability Address Online
The easiest way to change your address for your SSDI Benefits is through the online system.
- Head over to the "Change Your Address" section of the SSA's website.
- Read the text to make sure you're eligible to change your address online. Some restrictions may apply (e.g., if you're moving out of the country).
- If you have a password for SocialSecurity.gov, click the button that says "Use My Social Security Password to Change My Address." If you don't have a password, click "Change My Address Without Using a Social Security Password" instead.
- Log in to the Social Security system by following the on-screen instructions. To access your case information, enter your Social Security number and other identifying information, such as your date of birth, current phone number, and current mailing address. This is your old address—not the one you're moving to.
- Enter the date you're moving or expect to change addresses. If you've already moved, put today's date, and the SSA will process it as soon as possible.
- Enter your new mailing address and new phone number. If you're keeping the same phone number, there's no need to make any changes to that field.
- Finish submitting your information by following the on-screen instructions on the site. Your change of address will be processed in several weeks' time.
- SSA.gov: Information About Changing Your Address
- Social Security Around the World
- USPS ZIP Code Lookup: Search By Address
Who Isn't Eligible to Change Their Address Online?
There are a few circumstances under which the Social Security Administration doesn't allow you to use the online form to change your address for your disability benefits.
- If You Are a Supplemental Security Insurance Recipient: If you receive SSI, you can't change your address online or over the phone. You can only change your address by visiting your local social security office in person. I recommend visiting the location nearest to your new address.
- If You Have an APO, FPO, or Foreign Address: If your old or new address is an APO or FPO address or it's out of the country, you'll have to follow some special instructions to change your address on file. Visit the "Social Security Around the World" link in the list above for more details.
- If You are a Representative Payee: If you receive SSDI benefits on behalf of someone else as a representative payee, you can't change your address online or over the phone. Like SSI recipients, you must visit a social security office location in-person with all the required documentation and ID to make the change.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.