To claim your state pension in the United Kingdom, call the state pension claim line at the given telephone or textphone number, download and fill out the state pension claim form, and send it to your local pension center, or claim your state pension online, explains Gov.UK. Eligible applicants should receive a letter in the mail four months before reaching the state pension age with instructions on how to claim their pension.
For those who do not receive a letter with instructions three months prior to reaching the state pension age, call the State pension claim line for more information on how to proceed, states Gov.UK. As of 2015, the claim line is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
If retiring or living abroad, eligible individuals should still receive a letter with instructions at least three months prior to reaching state pension age, according to Gov.UK. If you do not receive a letter, check eligibility requirements on the government's website before emailing the International Pension Center or calling at the given telephone or textphone number. You can also download the international claim form, fill in the necessary information, and mail it to the International Pension Center.
For those who currently live and have worked in certain countries, including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and Greece, you must claim your state pension in the country you currently reside, states Gov.UK. If there are any changes to your personal details, such as address or bank account, call or write the International Pension Center.