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Social Security: Five Ways to Apply for Social Security Benefits Online | lifestyles

We continue to make it easier for you to access our programs and benefits. Our website offers a convenient way to apply for benefits online.

You can apply online for:

• Retirement or partner benefits – You must be at least 61 years 9 months old and want your benefits to start in no more than four months. Apply at

• Disability Benefits – You can use our online application, available at, to claim disability benefits if you:

o Does not currently receive a benefit on your own BSN;

o are incapacitated for work due to a medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death; and

o No disability benefits have been denied in the past 60 days. If your application was recently rejected, our online appeals process is a starting point for requesting a review of the decision we have made. Visit

• Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI is a federal income program funded by general tax revenue that helps people who have little or no income and who are 65 years of age or older, are blind or have disabilities. If you meet certain requirements, you can apply online at If you cannot apply online, call your local Social Security office to apply.

• Medicare – Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some people under age 65 with disabilities, and people with end-stage renal disease. If you are not yet receiving Social Security benefits, you must apply for Medicare three months before you turn 65 at

• Extra help with Medicare prescription drugs – People who need help with the cost of drugs can request extra help at

General question and answer

Q: My child, who is on social assistance, will start his senior year of high school in the fall. He’ll be 19 in a few months. Do I need to fill out a form for his benefits to continue?

AN: Yes. You should receive a form, SSA-1372-BK, in the mail about three months before your son’s birthday. Your son must complete the form and bring it to his school’s office for certification. Then you must return page two and the certified page three to Social Security for processing. If you cannot find the form we sent you, you can find it online at:

Q: My husband recently passed away and my neighbor said that my children and I may be eligible for survivor benefits. Do I not have to be of retirement age to receive benefits?

AN: New. As a survivor, you can receive benefits at any age if you care for a child who is receiving Social Security benefits and is younger than 16. Your children are eligible for survivor benefits through Social Security up to the age of 19 if they are unmarried and attend primary or secondary school full-time. school. Keep in mind that you are still subject to the annual income limit if you work. If you are not caring for minor children, you must wait until age 60 (50 if disabled) to receive survivor benefits. For more information on survivor benefits, read our Survivors Benefits publication at

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For quick answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit