Social Security Benefits
The best way to reach Social Security is to call the national toll free number, 1-800-772-1213, on business days between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Most business can be completed by phone with a teleservice center representative.
The Johnson County Social Security Office is located at 15375 W. 95th St., Lenexa, KS 66219. Their number is 1-877-445-9978. If you wish to have direct contact with our office, you may make an appointment to either visit our office or have us call you on the telephone. If you choose not to make an appointment, you may still visit our office. Our office hours are 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Our busiest times are Mondays and the first week of each month. Avoiding these busy times to visit our office without an appointment will help us serve you more quickly.
When to Apply: Generally, we advise people to apply for retirement benefits 3 months before they want their benefits to begin. Even if you have no plans to receive benefits, you should still sign-up for Medicare 3 months before age 65.
How to Apply: You can apply for retirement benefits online. You can also apply by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. Our representatives there can make an appointment for your application to be taken over the telephone or at any convenient Social Security office. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our toll-free "TTY" number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. on Monday through Friday.
What You Will Need: When you apply for benefits, you will need the following information:
- your Social Security number;
- your birth certificate;
- your W-2 forms or self-employment tax return for last year;
- your military discharge papers if you had military service;
- your spouse's birth certificate and Social Security number if he or she is applying for benefits;
- children's birth certificates and Social Security numbers, if applying for children's benefits;
- proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status if you (or a spouse or child is applying for benefits) were not born in the U.S.; and
- the name of your bank and your account number so your benefits can be directly deposited into your account.
You will need to submit original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You can mail or bring them to Social Security. We will make photocopies and return your documents. If you do not have a birth certificate, you may request one from the Office of Vital Statistics in the State where you were born.
When you will receive benefits: A person who meets all other requirements for entitlement can receive benefits beginning with the first full month he or she is age 62. However, if benefits begin before age 65, they are reduced to account for the longer period over which they will be paid. Choosing the month you start to get benefits is an important decision. Our representatives will be glad to discuss it with you and answer any questions you may have.
Estimating Your Retirement Benefit: The Social Security Statement shows your Social Security earnings history and how much Social Security taxes you have paid into the program. It also estimates your future benefits and tells you how to qualify for those benefits. The Social Security Statement is a free service of the Social Security Administration.
For more Social Security information, see www.ssa.gov .