These are benefits paid to the widow or widower of a deceased worker who had earned enough work credits.
To qualify for this benefit program, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be at least age 60
- Be the widow or widower of a fully insured worker
- Meet the marriage duration requirement.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
If 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/applyonline/ 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
Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)
Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.