Program Description

The Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

General Program Requirements

These are benefits that apply to individuals who have earned enough Social Security credits and are at least age 62.

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, take SSA’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

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.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

 Once you know which benefits you can apply for visit the Apply For Social Security Benefits webpage to apply online.

Program Contact Information

Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

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 EligibilityThere is no specific tribal eligibility.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedDirect payments if eligible for Retirement benefits
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number96.002
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo