The Social Security Spouse Benefits are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). These are benefits paid to the spouse of a worker who receives Social Security Retirement or Disability benefits.
General Program Requirements
To be eligible for Social Security Spouse's benefits, you must:
- Be married for at least one continuous year to someone who receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits;
- Be at least 62 years old or caring for a child (under age 16 or disabled) of the retired or disabled worker; and
- Not be getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.
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.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Once you know which benefits you may be eligible 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)