Can I Change My Social Security Payments To The 1st Of The Month?

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Feb 13 2019 - 8:07am

can I change my payment to the 1st of the month because sometimes I don't get it til the 10, 11, 12th or 14th!
my rent is due on the 1st and im not going to have it. Ive been borrowing my rent until SS arrives but I can no longer do this anymore.

Hi,

No, the date on which you are paid your Social Security benefits isn't optional. Except for a few uncommon circumstances (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.01/handbook-0121.html), the only people who are still paid benefits on the 3rd of the month are people who filed for benefits prior to May 1997, and people who also receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a needs based benefit administered by the Social Security administration. No one receives their Social Security benefits on the 1st of the month unless the 3rd happens to fall on a weekend or holiday.

People who filed for benefits after April 1997 (other than for the exceptions noted above) are paid either on the 2nd Wednesday, the 3rd Wednesday or the 4th Wednesday of the month depending on their birthday or the birthday of the worker on whose record they are being paid benefits.

Best, Jerry