Applying for pension benefits online with social security | Local news – Community News
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Applying for pension benefits online with social security | Local news

It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement, and our online tools can make your planning easier. Visit to access your my Social Security account, get a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings statement, and see how your benefit amount increases depending on the age you start them. Don’t have a my Social Security account? You can create one at

You can also view your full earnings history in your My Social Security account. It is important that your earnings history is correct, as we base your payment on earnings that have been reported to us. If you find an error, see the How to Correct Your Social Security Earnings Record publication at on how to correct your information.

When you’re ready to apply for Social Security retirement benefits, complete our online application in just 15 minutes at We will contact you if we need more information. You can also check the status of your application with your personal My Social Security account.

You can apply for Social Security retirement or spouse benefits online if you meet all of the following criteria:

1. Be at least 61 years and nine months old.

2. Currently does not receive any benefits on your own BSN.

3. Have not applied for a pension yet.

4. You want your benefit to start at the latest four months in the future. (We cannot process your application if you apply for benefits more than four months in advance.)

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