The Social Security Administration (SSA) has again started to mail out paper copies of Social Security statements. These statements include your earnings history as well as whether you have earned enough credits to qualify for retirement benefits and disability benefits. They also provide estimates of:
Paper statements will be sent out to those who aren't receiving benefits and to those who have not signed up for a Social Security account online. These folks will receive their benefit statements before their birthdays in their 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 61, and 62 years. They'll continue to receive the statements yearly until they begin to collect Social Security benefits.
The Social Security Administration used to send these statements out yearly, but stopped several years ago as a cost-saving measure. The SSA is still encouraging people to sign up for an account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ to view their Social Security statement at any time.