How to Turn On 2FA for Your US Social Security Administration Account

Please note: Specific instructions for enabling 2FA are subject to change without notice. Please check with each website or app for the most up-to-date information on this feature.

You can opt for extra security to provide your US Social Security Administration account with an extra level of protection. If you’d like to add extra security, you must use a cell phone with text messaging each time you sign in. This extra protection ensures that you are you. Because no one else has access to the text message sent to your cell phone during sign in, this adds even more security than a regular secure sign in.

1. Sign in to your account as you normally do, go to the Add Extra Security section and select the option Yes, let’s start now.

2. To add this feature, you must first verify your identity first with one of the following:

  • the last 8 digits of your Visa or MasterCard
  • some information from your W2 tax or 1040 Schedule SE form
  • your direct deposit amount, if you receive Social Security

Select one and click Next. Follow the instructions displayed.

Finishing this process usually takes 5 to 10 business days. A special code will be mailed to your home address. In the meantime, you can sign in using the username and password for your account, just as you would at any other secure site.

3. Each time you want to access your account you will do the following:

  1. Enter your username and password and log in to your account as you normally do.

  2. Request a new security code be texted to your cell phone. (You will just have to click one button.)

  3. Enter the security code sent to your cell phone in the space provided.

Remember: The code will expire after 10 minutes, so you will need to have your phone nearby when you try to sign in to your account.

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