San Jose Social Security Offices In California

This page provides a list of San Jose 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 Jose Social Security Office

The San Jose area is home to three local social security offices. You can use our local social security office locator above to find out which of these three offices is most convenient to your location.

It is always a great idea to call the local social security office of your choice to make an appointment for a specific time, make any requests for a bilingual or multilingual staff member and find out about available parking.

Tips To Prepare for a Visit to a Social Security Office

As with any busy agency office, there will likely be other visitors waiting to speak with social security staff when you arrive.

For this reason, although walk-in guests are always welcome, we strongly suggest that you make an appointment before you come. This helps social security office staff plan ahead for your visit and also expedites their ability to serve your needs effectively.

These tips may be helpful to you as you plan ahead to visit your local social security office.

Try to arrive as early as you can on the day you plan to visit.

The social security office is one place that is nearly guaranteed to be busy no matter when you visit. This is because the social security administration oversees such as large number of vital programs and services, everything from disaster relief to retirement benefits, plus of course issuing new and replacement social security cards. So even if you can't make an appointment for a specific time, it is still best to try to arrive as early in the day as your schedule permits to avoid an extended wait.

Still plan for an extended wait.

Social security office staff are available to meet with you either by appointment or on a first-come first-serve basis if you are a walk-in guest. While every effort is made to tend to each guest as rapidly as possible, some requests simply take longer to complete. If you can bring a book or a game or activity to do while you are waiting, it will definitely help just in case you arrive and find there is a wait!

Be sure to bring all documents you think you may need.

Official documents that are often required to process social security benefits and services applications can include a U.S. passport, an original birth certificate, a U.S. school identification card, a U.S. military identification card, a valid green card, and a valid driver's license. It is important that you are able to prove your identity in order to access the services available through the Social Security Administration. If you are not sure what to bring, you can call ahead of time and ask.


Planning ahead for your visit can help your experience proceed much more quickly and smoothly. You may even want to prepare a folder that has all of your questions written down plus any required documents you may need to present.

We hope the answers to these frequently asked questions will also be helpful to you as you prepare.

How do I apply for a brand new social security card?

If you are applying for a new social security card as a minor aged 12 and older or an adult, you will need to make an appointment at your local social security office to meet in person.

Do I need to carry my social security card with me at all times?

Your social security card is the most important piece of identification you have as a U.S. citizen or legal resident. For this reason, we strongly advise that you leave it at home or in a safe location and do not carry it with you. You can learn more about how to safeguard your social security card and your social security number on this website.

I need to change my mailing address. How do I do that?

You can visit the social security website and register for a free account with My Social Security, the administration's free online portal. Once your account is created, all you need to do is update your address using the online portal when you move.

How do I apply for a Medicare card?

Information about Medicare cards can be found on this website. When you are ready to apply, you can do so online on the social security website or visit your local social security office in San Jose to apply in person. You can apply for either Part A or Part B or both.