Apply Online For Social Security Benefits
Questions And Answers About Applying For Social Security Online.
Why should I apply for benefits online?
Applying for benefits online offers several advantages, among them:
How secure is my personal information?
We go to great lengths to protect your personal information; we use the most secure technology on the Internet to keep your information private and secure.
Who can apply online?
You can apply online if you:
You must also:
What do I have to do?
If you have access to a computer with a secure Internet connection and a working printer, just follow three simple steps:
What should I have ready before I start?
What about my spouse and dependents?
When you apply, you should give us:
We'll need to contact you or them later if they may be entitled to benefits, too, or if you may be entitled to additional benefits on another person's record.
Note: Social Security will begin processing your claim as soon as we receive the signed paper application.
Do I have to go from start to finish without taking a break?
No. If you need more time, you can stop and save the information you already entered up to that point. You can finish the application on a different day if you need to. When you're ready to finish applying, select "Restart your Incomplete application" from the menu, then enter your Social Security number and the confirmation number shown on the screen when you stopped.
Note: Remember, you're not done until you fill in the last page on the application screen, press the "Apply Now" button at the end, then print, sign, and mail the paper application to the Social Security Administration.
What documents do I need to send with the signed application?
We'll list what you need when you're done with the application, such as:
We accept photocopies of W-2 forms, self-employment tax returns or medical documents, but we must see the originals of most other documents, such as your birth certificate. (We'll return them to you.)
What if I decide later not to apply at all or I decide to apply in person or by phone?
If you decide not to finish applying online for whatever reason, you should call 1-800-772-1213 to avoid any loss of benefits.
What hours can I apply?
You can apply online at your convenience from your home or office during the hours below (Eastern time):
Monday-Friday: 5 a.m until 1 a.m.
Saturday: 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Holidays: 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.
What if I need help?
Call an SSA telephone representative toll-free at 1-800-772-1213, TTY 1-800-325-0778.
Information taken from:
Social Security Administration
Go online or contact your local Social Security Administration Office for all the latest updates on benefits and filing requirements.
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