Hit a Grand Slam by Retiring Online

October 26, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: October 26, 2015

baseball and bat You feel a special kind of excitement when your team is playing in the World Series and you watch your star hitter step to the plate at the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded.

You’ll feel another kind of excitement, equally special, when you’re poised to retire. You can join the more than seven million people who’ve retired online with Social Security at That number is equivalent to 165 stadiums full of people who have rounded the bases into retirement.

Our public services announcement videos will tell you that when you retire online, in as little as 15 minutes, you can pop the champagne and celebrate a well-deserved triumph. In most cases, after you submit your application electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is necessary.

Of course, having the right players lined up makes for a winning formula. With the correct earnings on your Social Security Statement on first base, your estimated benefits from our Retirement Estimator on second, and your computer opened to on third, you’ll have all your bases covered.

This October, step up and become your own true hero by hitting that grand slam homerun – from the comfort of your home.

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  5. TERRY L.


    • Ray F.

      Hi Terry, if you were born January 2, 1943, through January 1, 1955, then your full retirement age for retirement insurance benefits is 66. If you work and are full retirement age or older, you may keep all of your benefits, no matter how much you earn.

  6. jordan h.

    I do not know my number.
    was born in California 12/2/1952
    what shuld I do

  7. Former F.

    Although I agree that the current formula used to compute the COLA appears to be seriously flawed, SSA does not have the authority to change it. Congress voted for it, and only Congress can change it. The President is said to want to amend the formula so as to grant some increase in January, but Congress has refused to pass a budget yet that would fund Social Security or the rest of the federal government, even without an increase.

    Organize yourselves to vote for members of Congress who understand the interests of those who depend on Social Security for financial survival, and not for those who are mainly concerned with protecting inherited wealth and income from personal investments. They will leave you hanging out to dry because they couldn’t care less about ordinary working people. By the way, there have been years in the recent past where Social Security beneficiaries did receive a COLA increase while most Federal employees, including those who process your claims at SSA, received less than the public or even NO increase, even though they are working and have expenses just like everyone else. That is not fair either, and is also the fault of Congress for establishing different formulas to determine the amount of the COLA.

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