Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. This section of our website helps you better understand the program, the application process, and the online tools and resources available to you.
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Retirement Online Services
My Social Security Retirement Estimate Get personalized retirement benefit estimates based on your actual earnings history.
Apply For Retirement Benefits Our online retirement application lets you apply for retirement in as little as 15 minutes.
Return To A Saved Application Already started an application? Pick up where you left off.
Check Your Application Status Confirm that we received your application, see if we’ve made a decision, and more.
Calculators Section We have a variety of calculators to help you plan for the future or estimate your needs now, with or without creating an online account.
A free account lets you review your earnings history, get personalized estimates of future benefits, and manage your benefits once they begin.
Our blog — Social Security Matters — is the place to find in-depth articles and insights into our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories
Learn more about what we are doing to help prevent fraud and understand what steps you can take to help minimize your own risk.
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- What is the eligibility for Social Security spouse’s benefits and my own retirement benefits?
- What happens if I work and get Social Security retirement benefits?
- How far in advance can I apply for Social Security retirement benefits?
- When can I get Social Security retirement benefits?
- At what age should I start receiving my Social Security retirement benefits?
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