196 thoughts on “Retire Online with Social Security, Quickly and Easily

  1. How long will it take to get the spousal benefits I applied for on Dec19th,2018. My alimony has run out and I just paid my rent with my social security benifits, I can’t pay any more bills till I get the spousal benefits

    • Hi, Kim. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask members in our Blog community to continue to work with their local office with specific questions about their case. You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope this is resolved soon.

  2. My birthday is April 2, 1949. I am trying to apply for benefits to be paid. In 2015 I filed and suspended my SS benefits (have not received any yet). In 2019 I will be seventy (70) and will need to start collecting benefits. I have a My Medicare account and tried the password that I thought was up to date, but was not let in. I would like to start receiving benefits when I am 70. Perhaps I need to complete the application (since I have already filed). I have the same wife and bank account as in 2015.

  3. Maybe I should drive a black 2016 Challenger drive around the block at somebody’s house so they can get $365 more and their social security

  4. My mother in law is concerned about receiving her monthly security check. Has anyone heard of check s not being released¿

  5. Currently, I am employed and taking my late husband’s SS. My plan is to retire at the end of June 2019. Starting July 1st, I would switch from my husband’s SS to start taking my SS. Would it be best if I made an appointment with SS in person?

  6. Why am I unable to apply online for my Retirement Benefits? Keep trying and I am told over and over again I cannot apply and to call. If I wanted to call, then I would have applied over the phone. Help, please.

  7. I can’t get on my account portal lately because I never receive the security code text on my phone as I have in the past. Seems to be something wrong with the system. Any one else having this issue?

    • Hi Michael If you’re asking about Social Security retirement benefits, you may start receiving benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. Monthly benefits are reduced if you start them any time before your “full retirement age”. Your full retirement age depends on your date of birth. It may be between age 66 and 67. This could affect the amount of your benefits and when you want the benefits to start.

      The Benefits Planner: Retirement provides detailed information about Social Security retirement benefits.

      If you’re already receiving Social Security benefits and you’re asking about Medicare, if you live in one of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, we’ll automatically enroll you in Medicare Parts A and B.

      If you’re not getting benefits, you can use our online application to sign up for Medicare. You can sign up for Medicare even if you don’t plan to retire at age 65.

      If you need additional assistance, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) . Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or contact your local Social Security office.

  8. i was born before Jan 1954 and qualify to restrict my benefits by being spousal on my wife’s claiming when I soon will be 66, my FRA.

    My local Soc.Sec. office is adimant that I cannot claim restrictive unless my wife also is born before Jan 1954 (which she is not) and files restrictive.

    I think i am 99.9% correct that she files for her SS benefits on my 66th birthday and then i file a resritive spousal claim that will be in effect until i decide to file for my permanent benefits and then my wife would qualify to claim spousal off my account (unless she is deemed to automatically do so) since it will be much higher for her.

    How can I convince my local office that they are wrong, or can i just make the claims online ??

      • I have found that your local office, don’t know if the National is the same, does not know or clearly understand the Social Security regulations. I was married 28 years and have been on disability since 2008. I divorced in 2013. My X-husband passed away approximately 5 months ago by the time I was actually allowed to apply. I went to the SS office twice after he passed and without even asking me any questions they said I was not eligible. I did not accept their answer. I had to get on ssa.gov and research all the provision surrounding my circumstances. I printed all the info, highlighted the pertinent sections, went back in and they still said I wasn’t eligible. So I told them yes I was and went over their policies step by step with them and explain what it meant. After a deer in the head lights look, he took my info back to what I assume was his Manager and came back and said he guessed I was eligible. Needless to say, I was approved. The guy at
        The field office told me when he came back and said I was eligible
        That it would probably only be a couple of hundred dollars at the most. Well that took me back to researching again and I found out that it was not the case. I will (soon) receive 71.5% of my x-husband’s retirement benefit payments. Thank God I did not accept their answer or wait too long to research it because you have to file within 6months of the death to receive retro pay. One more month and I would have forfeited 6 months of benefits. During my research I read over and over, including sites written by Attorney that specialize in the SS laws that the field office personnel do not know the regulations and you have to find out for yourself and present it to them or hire an Attorney to do it for you. I also found out how many people I know who are losing a lot of money that they are definitely eligible to be receiving and were told no just like me. There is a major amount of money sitting there that is not being allocated to people who need it because of this very reason. It is very prevalent. The moral: Get your answer and then go in to apply and explain to them why with written documentation.

  9. My birthday is 4/11/53. To receive FRB, do I need to work up to 4/10/19 (day prior) or the actual date of birth (4/11/19)? I cannot find this information on any sites. Thank-you.

  10. How long does it normally take to begin receiving checks after applying for social security retirement benefits? Does the government shutdown affect the application and processing time?

    • Hello Alan, for specific tax filing questions, you will need to contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040.
      That said, it is important to note that some people who get Social Security must pay federal income taxes on their benefits. But, no one pays taxes on more than 85 percent of their Social Security benefits.
      You must pay taxes on your benefits if you file a federal tax return as an “individual” and your “combined income” exceeds $25,000. If you file a joint return, you must pay taxes if you and your spouse have “combined income” of more than $32,000. If you are married and file a separate return, you probably will have to pay taxes on your benefits.
      See Benefits Planner: Income Taxes and Your Social Security Benefits for more information.

  11. I have filled out my online application for SS retirement.
    however I do not see a submit application at end of form, just save and exit! How do I submit my form ???

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  13. My birthday is Feb 24. Ill be 66 i want to file for retirement benefits but when i sign in i keep messing up on my password and now they are sending me a letter with my password in 5 to 10 days. What is the latest i can file online? Or can I call on the phone? And get helped. Im terrible about online stuff. I only have i smart phone , no computer. Can you help me?

  14. I will be 65 in Feb.I am still employed and do not plan on retiring @ 66.
    Thru my employer I have an HSA account so they said that would discontinue if I signed up.
    Even if I don’t plan on retiring at this time do I still need to sign up for Medicare Part B?

    • Hi Kathleen, thank you for your question. If you do not want Medicare Part A or B because you are actively employed and have coverage from an employer group health plan through that active employment, you do not need to do anything. Once you lose that health insurance or are no longer actively employed, whichever comes first, you can enroll in Medicare Part A and B during a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

      We always suggest that individuals speak to their personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for them, and to prevent any penalties or delayed enrollment in the future.

      • In our case, my husband & I are both currently on my employer’s HSA plan. Husband turns 66 in August & plans to file for SS but not Medicare. I will retire in June next year & plan to file for SS the following month. We will both apply for Medicare then. We’re told that Medicare will retro benefits back 6 months, but from what date – the Medicare application date, the Medicare approval date, the first SS benefit payment date, or some other date?

  15. To make a “My Account” with social security it is asking for a mailing address and a phone number. We have a US mailing address, but our phone number is for another country…will it accept an international phone number?
    If you live outside the US and want to file online, are you able to do so? If yes, how do you get the “necessary documents” to SS if you are living outside the US?

    • Hi Glen, thank you for your questions. We use a second method of authentication to check the identification of my Social Security account holders when they register or sign in. This is in addition to the first layer of security, a username and password. You can choose either a cell phone or your email address as your second identification method. Using two ways to identify you when you log on helps us to better protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud.

      We recommend that individuals living outside the country visit our Office of International Operations home page, which provides additional information for our customers living abroad including how to file for benefits.

  16. is St. Lucia, WI an “acceptable country” to receive SS funds? It looks as if I am reading it correctly that only Cuba and North Korea are the 2 countries you cannot live to collect SS funds, correct?

  17. my date of birth i s 3-1-1953.what is my full retirement date to receive my social security benefits March ist ? or April ist

  18. If I am already receiving Social Security, but went back to
    work after a few years, and as of this past June, 1918,
    will Social Security note my change in earnings and
    adjust my payments accordingly without my notification?
    What time frame will it take to establish my new
    Social Security monthly payment?
    Thank you,
    Dr. Roberta M. Contii

  19. Greetings,
    I applied for benefits online on May 2018, and I was contacted for additional documents on Dec 2018. At this time I have not heard anything about my card like case. I was found 100% disabled by DoD and 100% disabled by VA. I submitted all pertinent documents for an illness that started on Aug 2017. The Social Security Administration is proudly publishing in their website how wounded warriors receive expedite service, but my case reflects otherwise. Even when I call I talk to Representatives those reps make the commend that the expedition on wounded warriors cases is not true.
    Please help!!!

  20. My husband will be turning 65 yrs in June 2019. He is trying to file for benefits as he has stopped working. It is so difficult to call and make apt to see someone in SSI office. Therefore I volunteered to file online for him. I am stuck as the country he was born (Malaysia) is not on the drop down box. Therefore I am not able to continue filling the information for him. Pls help and tell me what to do?
    Second question is I am still working and my work covers his medical. Therefore he does not need to pay for Medicare Part A yet. Am I right. How do I let SSI office knows that because I don’t want to miss anything as in 4 years when I retired, both of us would have to go Medicare Part A. Please advise. Tks.

  21. What if I have medical insurance already and don’t want to pay for Medicare benefits? Also, do I apply at this site for Medicaid?

    • Hi Toni. Generally, individuals receiving Social Security benefits are automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.

      If you are at least 64 years and 9 months old and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for Medicare online.

      If you do not want Medicare Part A or B because you are actively employed and have coverage from an employer group health plan through that active employment, you do not need to do anything. Once you lose that health insurance or are no longer actively employed, whichever comes first, you can enroll in Medicare Part A and B during a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

      We always suggest that individuals speak to their personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for them, and to prevent any penalties or delayed enrollment in the future.

  22. 02/11/2019
    The following was sent groundmailed out.

    January 21st, 2019_01212019
    Whom zone riviera questioneess, represent,
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    The following write is sent to njpension njtreasury without anything more. Only simple replies about matters in way of emailing are done.
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    October 4th, 2018 ************************************
    I’ll start here by saying I’m receiving social security from mental anguish because of the later years in nj state services. Quite a few to a few many years now has common juncture against things here; more by way of this insuranced and national benefit about insurance review and more to say troublesomely. At the age of 54, the expense disstanards around bordentown township are amazingly high thus putting a childhood simple estate property to near impossible keeping. A fair conduct would be review into exceptionize.

    Should the nj officials know if federal ssa does perspection at 55 years of age and if parallels with parallels unto pension benefits?
    Would nj pension please forward information to social security because its complex about matters.
    I had requested about a large payment done somewhat not long ago at all and you sending back on that status unto account.


    I HAVE NOT GOT THIS SPECIFIC INFORMATION BACK FROM NEWJERSEY PENSION. THEY ARE NOT CONTACTING SSA FOR ME THEREFORE NEVER HELPING FOR ANY TYPE OF REVIEW.

  23. I am currently collecting social security benefits from my late husband/s account, but in March 2019, I will be 70 and need to start collecting my own benefits. How can I do this?

    • Hi Patricia: You can apply online for retirement benefits if you:
      •are at least 61 years and 9 months old;
      •are not currently receiving benefits on your own Social Security record;
      •have not already applied for retirement benefits; and
      •want your benefits to start no more than 4 months in the future. (We cannot process your application if you apply for benefits more than 4 months in advance.)

      If you are unable or do not want to apply for benefits online, or you need to speak to us for any other reason, you can schedule an appointment by:
      •Calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; or
      •Contacting your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  24. I will be receiving ssi retirement, and a portion of my spouses retirement, beginning March 27th, 2019. Am I entitled back pay for these two benefits? and when can I expect it.

    • Hi, Chiffon. Thank you for your questions. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community to work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  25. I will be receiving ssi retirement, and a portion of my spouses retirement, beginning March 27th, 2019. Am I entitled back pay for these two benefits? and when can I expect it.

  26. I turn 70 in September, 2019, but I am still working. May I apply in January, 2020, for benefits retroactively to September 2019, so I will receive the back benefits in 2020 when I will be retired and in a lower tax bracket?

  27. I turn 62 on April 28, 2020, and I plan to retire early May 2020 from my full time job. When should I apply for my Social Security if I decide that I need the income to help with my retirement annuity?

    • Hi, Joe. If you are receiving Social Security retirement benefits, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B) at age 65. However, you may refuse Medicare Part B, during your Initial Enrollment Period, if you or your spouse, actively work and have coverage under a group health plan, based on that employment, then you do not need Medicare part B until the work activity ends or that health care coverage is dropped. We always suggest that individuals speak to their personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for them, and to prevent any penalties or delayed enrollment in the future. For more information, visit here. Please contact your local Social Security office for further assistance or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

  28. Hi I started collecting my ss at age 62 n I get early retirement money n now I will be 66 this year so will I be getting my full retirement money

    • Hi, Beverly. Thanks for your question. Your payment amount is based on when you decide to start your benefits. If you choose to get benefits before full retirement age, they will be reduced. The amount you receive when you first get benefits sets the base for the amount you will receive for the rest of your life. Your benefits are reduced a fraction of a percent for each month before your full retirement age. For more information, visit our Benefits Planner: Retirement. We hope this helps.

  29. I was told I could retire at age 55 and no one would be denied this as long as you have long term residence and applied at the residence you currently live.

    I did enter into enrollment at 6 years old, why don’t you have a page for us?

  30. When my husband passed away 01-6-2007, the information I gave and sent was that giving me lead way for my paper work. My retirement age is 67, so will I have to do more paper work , come in office with a appointment.

  31. The information that was given after my husband death, did that open up for me with my retirement at the age of 67. Was I old enough to receive anything at the time.I received the $255. but any of his Social Security monthly. have a lot of questions. I hope you can answer. Thanks

    • Hi Kenry, thank you for using our blog. At the beginning of the online application, there is a screen titled “Information About Applicant”. If you go back to that screen, check to see if you answered the last question yes, indicating that you have been unable to work in the last 14 months due to a disability. If you’re not disabled, change that to a no and it will just be a retirement application. If you continue to have difficulties, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to a representative.

  32. I applied for social security benefits more than three months ago. Since then the status has been set at “in process” and I have heard nothing for SS Administration. Is something happening? Should I re-apply?

    • Hi Lena, thank you for your question. For your security, we do not have access to your information in this venue and cannot look up your application status. However, you should not re-apply until you speak to a Social Security representative. You will need to contact your local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available to help you Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  33. I recently applied for SS benefits online and received this email requesting that I call the telephone number listed. Is this request Legitimate!!!

    Dear xxxxx

    Please call our office before Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and ask for Any Representative. The telephone number is 866-226-2306. We need to talk to you about:

    Reviewing your earnings record

    The month you can begin receiving benefits.

    Your claim for Social Security benefits.

    When you call our office, please have this letter with you. It will help us to serve you more quickly.

  34. most of these options offer in this page have limitations, I don’t know why it says I can apply for a replacement social security card online, but after getting in mysocialsecurity account I was prompted by a message stating I have to visit the social security office, so in my case the statements and info in this ssa pages is not correct

  35. HOW DO I KNOW I AM GETTING MY FULL BENEFITS ?
    I DO NOT THINK MY SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK IS CORRECT .
    I THINK I SHOULD BE GETTING A LARGER BENEFIT .

    • Hi, Karen. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  36. am curious to know about death benefits plan. will I be buried or cremeated.my preference is to be buried. if so will there be a anything such as a stone?

  37. When I retired in 1965, I was notified that my retirement benefits would be $344 a month. After visiting the local office, I was told I would only receive about $200 a month because of my retirement income from another source. I’ve been told lately that Social Security cheated me because the $344 a month represented what I had put in. What are my next steps in contesting the amount I should have received?

  38. I have a question: I retired last October. I am currently 63 years old but am not currently receiving social security benefits. I was married to my ex-husband for more than 10 years. Do I qualify to collect social security under his social security?

    • Hi, AK. Thanks for your question. To be eligible for divorced spouse benefits, you had to be married to your former spouse for at least 10 years, and you cannot be eligible for a higher benefit on your own record. If you are insured on your own record, we will pay that benefit amount first. However, if you also qualify for a higher amount as a divorced spouse, you will get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. For more information, visit our Benefits Planner: If You Are Divorced web page. We hope this helps.

      • Am I able to collect divorced spouse benefits now? I am not receiving social security benefits now. What do I need to do to start collecting on my divorced spouse benefit now?

  39. Where do you apply at 65 for insurance part A and B ( not at age 67 to apply for social security benefits)?

    • Hi, Maressia. If you are already getting Social Security retirement benefits, you will be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B automatically. However, because you must pay a premium for Part B coverage, you have the option of turning it down. If you are not already getting retirement benefits, you should contact us about three months before your 65th birthday to sign up for Medicare. You can sign up for Medicare even if you do not plan to retire at age 65. For more information and to file online, visit our Medicare Benefits web page. We hope this helps.

  40. Do I need to visit an office to receive ss spousal benefits? I want to wait till I’m 70 for my own ss but I will be eligible (FRA) to collect spousal benefits come fall.

  41. I’d like to make an appointment for Social Security Benefit. I am going to be 70 years old soon.

    I’d like to go to the following office.

    3230 E. Imperial Hwy Suite 150 1st floor
    Brea, Ca. 92821.

    Date: Apr. 24 (Wednesday), 2019.
    In the morning is preferred if possible.

    What do I need to bring when I visit the office?
    Thank you for your help.

  42. I feel like I have been put on a back burner! I withdrew from social security months ago, sent back the funds as required and have been in limbo since! My check still has not been cashed, and I have not received a corrected 1099. I have made 3 trips to the local office. They have tried to find out what is going on, to no avail. Why would this take so long?

    • Hi, Sandra. We are sorry to hear about your experience. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community to continue to work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can also contact or visit your local Social Security office for assistance. You can ask to speak to a manager on your next visit or call. We hope this is resolved soon.

  43. DOB: 01/22/1953. I am retired. My husband is a full-time professor at Portland State University. I have full health coverage through him. I get a monthly Social Security benefit for disability. I have Part A Medicare. When do I need to apply for Medicare Part B?

    • Hi, Kristin. Thanks for your question. Generally, if you or your spouse are still working and are covered under a group health plan based on that employment, you don’t need to file for Medicare part B until you or your husband stops working or drops health care coverage. However, you should speak to your personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan to see what’s best for you. To read more about whether you need Medicare Part B, click here. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Sally. Thanks for the question. If you are referring to an application for retirement benefits, our system is set up to take applications four months in advance. You can apply for Social Security retirement benefits when you are at least 61 years and 8 months of age. When you are ready you can complete the online application for Social Security retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. To get started, go here. We hope this helps.

  44. I was told my wife should receive 1/2 of my full retirement benefit even though I choose not to collect my Benifits yet (I’m 64)
    She is 69 and started collecting her minimal benefit …..can she adjust her benefits ?

  45. Hello,
    I have been trying for over a year to receive my social security benefits. I cannot seem to make any progress with your office. I spend much time in Israel, so they directed me to the Jerusalem office, but I notice they do not have my correct mailing address. Can someone please contact me either by email or phone?
    email: dvorah.tri@mac.com
    phone: 0542692859
    Thank You,
    Michele Berkowitz (I go by the name “Dvorah” in Israel.)

    • Hi, Michele. We are sorry to hear about your experience. For your security, we do not have access to your private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community to continue to work with our offices with specific questions. Since you live outside of the United States, you can contact your local Federal Benefits Unit for assistance. Also our Office of Earnings & International Operations web page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this is resolved soon.

  46. It’s this a legitimate email from S.S.A.?

    Please call our office before Thursday, April 11, 2019 and ask for Any Representative. The telephone number is 866-226-2306. We need to talk to you about:

    The month you can begin receiving benefits.

    Your Medicare entitlement.

    Your claim for Social Security benefits.

    When you call our office, please have this letter with you. It will help us to serve you more quickly.

    Social Security Administration

  47. I have an account membership, but I would like to see my profile including my spouse/beneficiary after death.

    • Hi John, thank you for your question. Your spouse’s survivor amount would be based on your earnings. The more you paid into Social Security, the higher their survivor benefit will be. If you are already receiving benefits when you die, survivors benefits are based on that amount. The percentage of that amount that your spouse would receive depends on how old they are when they file. We are only going to pay the highest benefit amount from either record, meaning you don’t get both retirement and widow(er)s benefits but the higher of the two.

      Widow(er)s benefits are payable as early as age 60 (for a reduced benefit) or a full widowers benefit at full retirement age or older.

      Use our Survivors Planner to look at how your family members are protected if you die.

    • Hi, Dolores. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. Generally, you will need to have 40 credits, or 10 years of work paying Social Security taxes, to qualify for any type of Social Security benefit. In addition, to qualify for disability benefits, you generally need to have worked for five out of the last 10 years before you became disabled. For a complete explanation of credits needed for the different types of benefits, visit our Benefits Planner: Social Security Credits. Additionally, age 62 is the earliest you can get retirement benefits. However, if someone never worked, he/she is not insured and does not qualify for those benefits. Individuals may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults who have limited income and resources. You can find more information on the SSI program and how to apply here. Also, some people may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they information about services in your area from your state or local live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get social services or welfare office. We hope this helps!

  48. I received a letter from you on possible pension money coming to me by Con Agra flour mill in Buffalo, New York months ago. I worked there about 1970s-1990s. Over 10 work years with them. I have lost the letter you have sent me on this and if possible could you send me another letter about money coming to me Or could you send a letter to them on my behalf. I would appreciate your attention and help in this matter.. Respectfully,

  49. My late husband was a vet and he passed away at 61. I was told that when I turn 60 I can draw some of his social security until my full retirement age, 66.5. This will not interfere with my benefits.

    I did marry once after my husbands death and it was for nine months, will that void my chance of receiving some of my late husbands social security when we were married 21 years?

  50. I locked myself out of my account. The new system w a text was not in place for my account. Advise me please.

  51. I would like you to hold 15%, of my benefits for tax purposes starting this month if possible. Appreciate your help in this matter as soon as possible.
    Thanks

  52. I am planning to retire at the end of June. I turn 66 on July 15 and want to start getting my ss benefits after that. When will my first benefit come?

  53. Can I file for early retirement on line ? I applied for disability benefits on line I was told if I did one application on line I cannot do another. Is this true ? I have tried. I logged into my account but can’t get past first page? I would appreciate any information.
    Thank you

  54. if you are already get social security and you want to get some of your husband ss is it to late to get some I been getting it seen 2014

  55. I wish the on-line links on the site actually worked. I applied online on March 3, have not received any information since except the indicator on the site saying my application has been received and is in the “initial” stage of processing… six weeks later. When I try to access the link that is supposed to connect me with more information I get an error message saying I am forbidden access. I am retiring in June and really need to know where my application stands.

    • Thank you for contacting us, Nancy. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your application and your error messages, contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    • Hi William. If you’re asking about when one is eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, you may start receiving benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. Monthly benefits are reduced if you start them any time before your “full retirement age”. Your full retirement age depends on your date of birth. It may be between age 66 and 67. This could affect the amount of your benefits and when you want the benefits to start.

      The Benefits Planner: Retirement provides detailed information about Social Security retirement benefits.

  56. As much as I am appreciative of this option, I am currently entertaining the idea of what a person to person in the departmental offices can help me divulge for myself.

  57. My wife already is drawing her social security benefit, when I start drawing my social security will my wife automatically be eligible for her spousal benefit from my social security, 1/2 of my social security is more than her social security benefit.

    • Hi, Dave. Thank you for your question. For your wife to qualify for spouse’s benefits, you must be receiving retirement or disability benefits. Also, if she qualifies for Social Security benefits on your own record, we pay that amount first. But if she also qualifies for a higher amount as a spouse, she’ll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. Visit our Retirement Planner: Benefits For Your Spouse for more information. For any additional specific questions, your wife can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, she will have a shorter wait if she calls later in the day. She can also contact her local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  58. I am currently receiving spousal social security benefits. Would like to consider switching over to receiving my benefits through social security. How do I start that process, and how much will my monthly benefit be once I begin receiving benefits from my account?

  59. I need forms to fill out for Medicaid. I have the free part, I think it is part A. Do not have B. I called and was told the forms would be emailed. They have not been.

    • Thanks for your question, Sandy. If you are covered under a group health plan based on current employment, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that will let you sign up for Medicare Part B. You have an 8-month SEP to sign up for Part A and/or Part B that starts at one of these times (whichever happens first):
      • The month after the employment ends
      • The month after group health plan insurance based on current employment ends.

      Usually, you don’t pay a late enrollment penalty if you sign up during a SEP. To learn more about the Medicare enrollment periods visit http://www.Medicare.gov. Please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 if you need further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  60. Can you apply for Social security benefits any time between your 62nd birthday and on? Or do you need to apply on your 62nd birthday year only? And not be able to apply when you turn 63.

  61. Please remove my online account cause I’m having problem logging into my account. Please send me my yearly Social Security Statement for me to review. Erlina B. Ballesteros , Hi. 96761 tel #808-385-4222 Thank you!

    • Hi, Erlina. We are sorry to hear you have had difficulty with your personal my Social Security account. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. If you are still unable to access an account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Your local office can also assist with your statement. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  62. I was expecting to receive my SSI this month and have not seen any activity. Please check to see why this has not happened.

    • Hi, Freda. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. If you do not receive your electronic payment on the scheduled pay date, please contact your bank or financial institution first. They may be experiencing a delay in posting your payment. If you still need to report a late, missing, or stolen Social Security payment, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for further instructions. We hope this helps.

  63. Can I apply for SS retirement on line if I need my DD-214 to receive credit for my active military service?

    • Hi, Richard. You can work while you receive Social Security retirement (or survivors) benefits. At 70, you’ve already reached your full retirement age. If you work and are full retirement age or older, the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. For more information, check out our publication, How Work Affects Your Benefits. We hope this helps.

  64. Hello, My name is Gilbert A. Montoya, I recently been diagnosed with “ALS” and have not worked since February 2019. What can I do to start receiving Social Security…..

    Thank you,

    Gilbert A. Montoya 505-285-5482

    • Hi, Gilbert. We are sorry to hear about your condition. Individuals with Compassionate Allowance conditions, such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, “ALS”), may receive a decision on their claim in a matter of weeks, or it may take longer. It can vary depending on several factors, but primarily on how quickly we obtain medical evidence from a doctor or other medical source and whether an additional medical examination is necessary.

      In addition, generally, Medicare begins after a person has been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for 24 months. However, ALS is exempt from the 24-month waiting period. For additional information on Medicare for disability beneficiaries, see page 10 of our publication, What You Need To Know When You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits. You can file for disability or Medicare by visiting our online services page. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Chad. \You do not have to make an appointment to come in to our offices, but with an appointment, you will be helped before our walk-in customers. You can schedule an appointment with your local office by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a representative will assist you. In most cases, you can handle your business by phone. We hope this helps.

  65. I am receiving social security. I’m wondering if I’m entitled to my ex husband railroad pension? He worked there from Jan 1970 to 1983. We were married for 19 years!

  66. I applied for my social security retirement benefits online 8 weeks ago and haven’t heard a word. It just says it’s processing. Why is that?

    • Hi, Pauline. Thanks for your question. The length of time it takes to process a retirement application can vary depending on whether we need to verify documents or other personal information. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. If you would like to speak with someone regarding the status of your application, please call 1-800-772-1213, M-F between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and ask a representative to assist you, or you can contact your local office.

  67. What month do benefits start? I will turn 62 next June (2020) and am thinking about retiring so I can take care of my grandbaby. Would my benefits start June 1 or July 1? I can’t find the answer anywhere.
    Thank you.

    • Hi, Jana. Thank you for your question. To begin receiving reduced retirement benefits at 62, you are required to be age 62 for the entire month. For Social Security purposes, individuals born on the first or second day of the month are considered age 62 for the “full” month and could be entitled to benefits for the month of their 62nd birthday. Retirement benefits are paid the month after they are due. So, for instance, if you want your benefits to begin with the month of July, you will receive your first benefit payment in August. The exact payment date is determined by your date of birth. For more information, check out our Benefits Planner: Retirement. We hope this helps.

  68. what is the status of my social security review to begin social security benefits in august 2019. thank you.

    • Hi, Carol. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  69. Your website does NOT work!! Whenever I try to apply for RETIREMENT benefits your website takes me to a page to apply for DISABILITY benefits. I can never get your site to take me to a RETIREMENT benefits application!!!!

  70. If I will be turning 62 on December 10, for example, when is the earliest I can apply for benefits? Please tell me the month and day.

  71. Hello:My name is Estela Sánchez. I am a United States citizen I was born in Cuba.My birthday is 3/13/1958 .I’m planning to retire next year on March I will be 62 years old.I called last year and they told me that I could go and apply a couple months before my birthday. My question is like I said I was born in Cuba but I am an American citizen. What papers do I need to take , I know I need to take my Social Security card, My American passport, My drivers license, Do I need to take my citizenship papers And my birth certificate from Cuba.Somebody told me I need to take my birth certificate from Cuba I don’t know why but I want to make sure I take everything I need when I go to apply for Social Security benefits retirement.Thank you so much for your help and I am very sorry to bother you. Thank you so much for your help. Sincerely. Estela Sánchez. S.C. God bless.

  72. I am currently receiving SSDI….at the age of 65 do I need to change this to retirement or does the SSDI remain the same and act as retirement

  73. if i set up an on line account several years back and now i can not remember or find were i wrote it down, how do i re sign up when it keeps saying i can not use what i want?

  74. Hi, My mother is 73 years collecting social security. My dad just died at the age 76, will my mother receive 1/2 of my dad’s ss benefits.

    Thanks

  75. I have called with a problem of signing into my account. I have received my letter with a code but cannot get into account to use the code… can someone help me with this? I believe my phone number has changed and that might be the problem…

    • Hi Valerie. We are sorry to hear that you are having difficulty accessing your personal my Social Security account. If you are still unable to access your account or encounter another problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office.
      We hope this helps.

    • Hi Valerie. We are sorry to hear that you are having difficulty accessing your personal my Social Security account. If you are still unable to access your account or encounter another problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp. We hope this helps.

  76. I have tried several times to complete and on-line application to apply for SS. I will be 66 in January 2020 and would like to start getting SS at that time. I am able to complete the application but do not see the submit button to submit the application. How do I go about submitting the form.

    thank you

    • Hi, Ray. If you are unable to file online, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and a representative will assist you. Representatives are available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday but you will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. Hope this helps!

  77. I have postponed my retirement until I turn 70. I will turn 70 this coming June 25th, 2020. When should I request my retirement to start? I’ve heard that it’s the year I turn 70. If this is turn, How do I go about requesting my retirement to start Jan., 2020?
    Thanks so much!
    Rodney Walthers

  78. I am eligible and ready to apply for my Social Security benefits. However, I also want to apply for spousal benefits for my husband who is already receiving Social Security payments. Can this be accomplished at same time as my application or does it require a separate application once I am signed up? If it can be done at same time that I apply, can it be done online? I did not see anywhere on the application that would provide for this. Since waiting time at my local office is often 2-3 hours, I would like to avoid going to the office. If that is required, do both of us need to be present? P.S. I have tried the phone #s provided on numerous occasions and can never get anyone on the line. Hopefully you can help me with some clarity and specificity.

    • Hi, Norma. Thank you for your questions. To qualify for spouse’s benefits, your husband must be receiving retirement or disability benefits. Also, if you qualify for Social Security benefits on your own record, we pay that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse, you’ll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. For more information and how to apply, visit here. For specific questions, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  79. The login and password I am using is not working. I am not sure if I am using the right one How do I find out or change. please send to my e mail ty

  80. I will be 68 on 15 December 2019. I plan to retire and want to receive my SS benefits based on age 68 and would like to start receiving SS immediately. Am I able to begin receiving my monthly benefits in December which is the month in which I become 68 or must I wait until January?

  81. My husband has enough credits to be eligible for SS benefits and he also has an online MySocialSecurity account but I cannot find appropriate Q&A for his situation. He is 58 and wants to retire now but he can wait to collect SS benefits until 67. How can he estimate his benefits? How much his benefits will be reduced if he retires at 58? Thank you.

  82. Been trying to apply online for social security retirement. Unfortunately the page never comes up. I have tried multiple times, nothing.

  83. My wife is retiring in December, I am already retired, but under her insurance. What do I need to do? What forms do I need to fill and turn into Social Security.

    • Hi, Frank. Thanks for your question. It sounds like you are referring to signing up for Medicare Part B. If you are covered under a group health plan based on your wife’s current employment, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that will let you sign up for Medicare Part B. You have an 8-month SEP to sign up for Part A and/or Part B that starts at one of these times (whichever happens first):
      • The month after the employment ends
      • The month after group health plan insurance based on current employment ends.
      Usually, you don’t pay a late enrollment penalty if you sign up during a SEP. You should always check with your health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for you. To learn more about the Medicare enrollment periods visit http://www.Medicare.gov. Please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 if you need further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

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