Program Description

To qualify for this benefit program, you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Have earned enough Social Security credits
  • Are at least age 62 throughout the first month of entitlement

General Program Requirements


Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, visit

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 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

For more information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)
Visit our Publications page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies:

Additional Information

Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate):Over 42 million people (Benefits types include: retired worker, spouse of a retired worker or child of a retired work)
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility:There is no specific tribal eligibility.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance Provided:Direct payments if eligible for Retirement benefits
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes:No
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:96.002
Matching Funds Required:No
Can the funding from the program be renewed:No