What Is the Purpose of a Social Security Application?


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The purpose of a Social Security application is to provide people who reach retirement age a way to apply for entitled Social Security benefits. An application is available online at the Social Security Administration website (SSA.gov), and people can obtain a hard copy by visiting a local office.

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People who reach retirement age can also apply for entitled benefits by dialing the toll-free number and following the prompts. If additional information is required, such as supporting documentation, a representative contacts the applicant.

The Social Security Administration recommends that a person apply for benefits at least three months in advance of the time she wishes to begin receiving them.

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