What Information Is Necessary to Fill Out a Social Security Retirement Application?


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Information needed to fill out a Social Security retirement application includes the applicant's date and place of birth, Social Security number, and age of the applicant's current or former spouse. The applicant's citizenship status and the date he wishes to retire is also needed.

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Information regarding the applicant's work is also necessary when filling out a Social Security retirement application. This information includes the name and address of the applicant's employer in the year in which he applies for benefits and the previous year. The applicant also needs to provide a copy of his Social Security statement or record of his earnings. If the applicant was in the military, he also needs to provide the beginning and ending dates of active service before 1968.

If the applicant became unable to work due to injury or illness within the 14 months prior to his application, the applicant needs to provide that information. Social Security also needs to know if the applicant or his spouse ever worked for the railroad industry, if he has earned Social Security credits under another country's retirement system or if he expects to receive an annuity or pension based on his employment with the U.S. federal government.

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