How to Apply for Social Security Government Benefits

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    • 1). Call 800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment at your local Social Security Administration office to apply for Social Security government benefits (see Resources to find the Social Security Administration office nearest you). Take your Social Security card and a photo identification like a driver's license, state-issued identification card or passport with you.

    • 2). Begin an application online if you prefer at the Social Security Administration website (see Resources).

    • 3). Fill out the application completely. If you need help filling out the application, ask for assistance at your local Social Security Administration office.

    • 4). Provide any documentation requested by the Social Security Administration. The requested documentation may vary depending on the type of benefits for which you wish to apply. For instance, if you want to apply for disability benefits, they will ask you to provide copies of medical records and names of any health care providers that have treated you for your condition.

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