Program DescriptionThese benefits are paid to the disabled widow or widower of a deceased worker who had earned enough Social Security credits.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least age 50, but not yet age 60
- Have been married to the deceased spouse for not less than 9 months immediately prior to the day in which the deceased spouse died, unless an exception applies
- Be unmarried, unless the marriage can be disregarded
- Not receive a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessIf you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, visit http://best.ssa.gov.
Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.
Once you know which benefits you can apply for, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/appl yonline/ to apply online.
You can also call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for additional information about SSA benefits and for application information.
Program Contact Information
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)