Are Social Security Offices Open?  (COVID 19 Pandemic Office Hours)

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Are Social Security Offices Open? 

In this article, I will answer the question of whether or not Social Security offices are open?

The COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the business hours of many businesses and government offices, and the local Social Security Administration offices near you are no different.

Keep reading to learn if the Social Security offices are open for walk-ins and if not what you can do to have your questions answered.

Are The Social Security Office Open During The COVID 19 Pandemic?

No, the Social Security Administration offices are not open to the public for walk-ins. The Social Security offices have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

While the Social Security Administration office near you is not accepting walk-ins, there are instances where they will make an exception to give you an in-person appointment. Your situation will need to be an urgent situation in order to receive an in-person appointment at the Social Security office during the COVID 19 pandemic.

In the following section, I will explain how you can make an emergency appointment with Social Security.

How To Make An Emergency Appointment With Social Security During The COVID 19 Pandemic?

To obtain an in-person appointment with your Social Security office during the pandemic, you will need to have an urgent situation. Scenarios that Social Security may grant an in-person appointment include:

  • You do not have food, housing, utilities, or medical coverage and need to apply or have your Social Security benefits reinstated.
  • You have Social Security benefits and need food, shelter, or some other basic need, but cannot receive an electronic payment.

Essentially if you are unable to pay for housing or do not have money to pay for basic needs, then your local Social Security office will potentially consider scheduling you an in-person appointment.

Editor’s Note: You can learn more about the ways you can communicate with the Social Security Administration during the COVID 19 pandemic by visiting their website.

If your situation is urgent, you will need to contact the Social Security office nearest your home to try and obtain an in-person appointment during the COVID 19 pandemic. You can find the office nearest you in the following section.

How To Find A Social Security Office Near You

To find an office near you, visit the Social Security Administration website and use the Social Security Office Locator Tool.

Social Security Office Locator Tool

Once you land on this page you will need to type your zip code in the search bar. You will then be provided with the address and phone number for the Social Security office that is nearest you.

If You Do Not Receive An In-Person Appointment With Social Security…

You can contact Social Security by dialing them at 800.772.1213 to have your questions answered. During the COVID 19 pandemic, this will likely be the only option for you to speak with someone at the Social Security office if you do not have an emergent situation.

Online Services Offered By The Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration offers a number of online services. During the COVID 19 pandemic, your two options for conducting business with them will likely need to be done over the phone or online.

Here are things that you can do by visiting the Social Security website:

To complete any of the above Social Security services online, simply log on to the Social Security Administration website.


As of the time of this writing, the Social Security offices are closed for walk-in appointments. These offices closed at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic in March 2020.

You can potentially receive an in-person appointment with the Social Security office nearest you if you have an urgent reason. This essentially means you lack the income to pay for housing or basic needs like food or utilities. You can find learn more about the reasons that Social Security will grant you an in-person appointment by visiting their website.

If you have questions about scheduling an in-person appointment you can call the Social Security telephone number at 800.772.1213.

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