November 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #27: Calling Social Security On The Telephone

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When calling Social Security on the telephone, keep in mind that there are hundreds of people all across the United States most likely calling at the very same that time you are. Be patient. Make sure that you have your Social Security number right in front of you before you dial the phone. When you call, they advise you how long yout wait will be, so you can place the call on your speaker phone if you have one, and do to things while you are waiting.The toll-free nationwide phone number is 800-772-1213. The best time to call them is either right at 7 am, or to wait until after 5:00 pm. The office is open from 7 am until 7 pm (as of April 2009 anyway). Many folks assume that the Social Security office closes at 5 pm, so that will give you an advantage in calling, since you now know that they are open till 7 pm.

Keep in mind that your initial application for social security disability will have to be done in person or on the computer. If you are not physically able to pick up an application, you can call them and ask them to please mail you an application. 

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