The Social Security Administration provides questions and answers about eligibility for retirement, disability and survivor benefits on its website. A visitor to the site can read and print documents about Social Security eligibility and can create an online account to see his personal benefits and eligibility details.
A person's eligibility for Social Security benefits varies according to his age and work history, explains the Social Security Administration. The site offers extensive information about the specific qualifications needed to obtain benefits; for example, a user can learn how to earn work credits and how many credits he needs to receive the three types of benefits. Several calculators, such as those to account for early retirement or a government pension, allow a user to see how these variables might affect his benefit amount. Helpful categorization makes it easier to find information relating to specific groups, such as veterans, women and people of various ethnicities, and links on these pages lead to literature and programs targeted to these groups. A visitor to the site can browse an extensive library of documents discussing eligibility and benefits; almost all of these publications come in downloadable PDF and audio formats, including versions translated into several languages besides English. A person can also order these brochures, several of which come in Braille, audio CD and large print, by mail or phone.