Nebraska is among four states and the District of Columbia that now have access to expanded, online Social Security services.

Nebraska residents who are U.S. citizens and age 18 or older can now get a replacement Social Security card online, without visiting a local office. Other states with this service are Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.

The online services are being offered through the Social Security Web page:

Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, said the service will be expanded across the country. By the end of 2016, about half the nation’s population should be able to get replacement cards online.

One of the goals is to reduce wait times for the public for something routine — getting a replacement card — and free up Social Security staff to help those with more complicated needs.

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