San Francisco Social Security Offices In California

This page provides a list of San Francisco Social Security office locations in California. Select one of the office locations below to get the Social Security office hours, phone number and driving directions. They can help you with questions or issues with your retirement benefits and schedule an appointment, if required.

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Visiting your San Francisco Social Security Office

Did you know the San Francisco region is home to 162 different social security office locations? This region is a hub for U.S. citizens and legal residents of California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.

Because of this, the social security staff speaks over 70 languages and many staff members are bilingual or even multilingual.

While there are many small tasks you may be able to complete online at the social security website, there are also times you will need to make a visit in person to your local San Francisco social security office.

To find the nearest social security office, use the list above to find the social security office that is most convenient to you.

As well, if you would like to make an appointment with a staff member that speaks your first language fluently, you can always call ahead to make this specific request.

Tips to Prepare for a visit to a Social Security Office

If you have never been to a social security administration office before, you may feel understandably overwhelmed about what to expect. So how can you prepare to ensure that your visit is productive and positive?

Here are some tips to help you get ready for your visit:

  • Make an appointment in advance of the day you plan to visit. Walk-ins are always welcome at social security centers, but when you walk in without an appointment, you may find you have a significant wait time if there are a lot of walk-ins that day!
  • Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment, and earlier if possible. Since traffic can always be uncertain in and around big cities like San Francisco, try to leave earlier just in case there is any kind of traffic issue along the way.
  • Be aware that sometimes appointments can take longer than anticipated depending on what each visitor is there for. This may cause a wait once you get to the office, even if you have a scheduled appointment. Please do your best to be understanding as one day you may be the one who needs extra time and attention from social security staff!
  • Bring all of your required paperwork in the exact format required for processing. If you are wondering what to bring to assist with your particular reason for visiting, as a general rule, you should always bring your original birth certificate, passport, your proof of legal residency in the U.S. or your proof that you are a U.S. citizen (a valid driver license, social security card or passport).

FAQ

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions for SSA office visitors.

How do I apply for a new social security card?

To apply for a new social security card for yourself or a dependent child or infant, you should make an appointment to visit your local social security office in person.

How do I apply for a replacement social security card?

In some cases, you may be able to use the online system (MySocialSecurity) to request a replacement social security card for yourself or a child.

If you need to request a name change, do not have the required documents or donot have access to the internet, you will need to make an appointment to visit your local SSA office.

I need to change my name on my social security card - how do I do this?

You will need to complete a social security application citing the requested name correction and provide all of the required documents (Divorce or Marriage certificate for example) along with your application. You can then mail this packet or deliver it in person at your local social security office.

When and how do I sign up for Medicare?

You should sign up for Medicare three months before reaching the age of 65. If you have access to the internet, you can complete the online application. You can also visit your local San Francisco social security office in person to sign up for Medicare.

I lost my Medicare card. How do I get a replacement card?

You can use the online system (MySocialSecurity) to request a replacement Medicare card. You can also make an appointment to visit your local office in person.

How do I start receiving social security retirement benefits?

Sign up online or at your local social security office in San Francisco in person when you have reached the age of 61 years and 9 months.