You cannot report a death or apply for survivors’ benefits online.
If you need to report a death, contact your local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You can speak to a Social Security representative between 7 AM and 7 PM Monday through Friday.
To find out how to apply for benefits, go to:
For more information, please read How Social Security Can Help You When a Family Member Dies.
Planning for Survivors
Use our Survivors Planner to look at survivors benefits from two sides:
- how your family members are protected if you die, and
- how you may qualify as a survivor on someone else's Social Security record.
This protection is particularly important for young families with children.