If you currently live in Orlando Florida and would like to visit the social security office building downtown, here is the address to the location and office hours:
Orlando Social Security Office Location :
5520 GATLIN AVE
ORLANDO, FL 32812
You can also call them at 1-866-964-6146. You should probably call them and confirm their office hours before you leave since that may have changed. But as of the time of writing this article, this is the office hours they posted:
Orlando Social Security Office Address Hours:
Monday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
There are a whole host of services they provide at this location. Here are a few questions you can get answered at this office:
1. If you have questions about retirement and when you can retire, this is a perfect place to come in. Call in ahead of time and make an appointment to see a social security representative. They will be able to walk you through the entire process, including when you can file for social security and how soon you can begin to get benefits. Also, if you are approaching 62 years and considering retiring at that age, they will be able to speak to you about whether you qualify to retire at that age.
2. Another question often asked is how are you going to receive your social security benefits. The representative can discuss the various electronic options available to you. For example if you already have a bank account, then you can have them send your deposit to your bank account on the due date. You can also choose the direct express card direct deposit, which is a card issued by Comerica bank under the MasterCard network. It acts like a regular debit card and can be used to make everyday purchases, buy things online, rent a car or book a hotel reservation, pay your online bills and enjoy the many services that are available to anyone with a debit card. Note that there are some fees that are charged under the Direct Express debit card so be sure to talk to the representative about it and find out how you may sign up for the program. The video below shows you how the card program works, when the funds are deposited, what you can use the card for, benefits of having the card, the convenience of it all and many more. It is definitely worth the watch.
3. Another issue often ignored but important to ask the representative at the office is steps you can take to protect your social security benefits. Seniors have been targeted with a whole bunch of scams to try and steal their retirement income. This includes stealing of social security checks. That is why the government decided to move all benefits payments to electronic format, which is supposed to prevent theft and lost checks. But that has created a whole host of problems, including online theft and phishing. Phishing is when someone trying to steal money from you send you an email as if it is coming from the social security administration. The email may tell you your online account is temporarily disabled and the only way you can get it re-activated is to reset your account by giving them your account information. They will then steal your account information, take over your account and drain all the funds from it. The next time you get a suspicious email like that, call the Orlando social security office location and file a complaint.
4. You may also have a question about how social security and medicare affect each other. That is definitely a question you should ask your representative. It’s important to see the benefits you qualify for and how getting one affects the other, if at all. Getting all these questions answered will give you a better understanding of your retirement options and help you make an informed decision. The video above shows you the difference between social security, SSI and medicare benefits.