How Do You Sign up for Social Security?


Quick Answer

To sign up for Social Security, check your eligibility, collect necessary documentation, and visit the Social Security Administration's official website before using the tools on the website to complete the application process. Check the website periodically for the status of your application.

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  1. Ensure your eligibility

    Familiarize yourself with all the requirements associated with Social Security benefits and ensure your eligibility.

  2. Collect the necessary documentation

    Collect all necessary documentation. This includes proof of U.S. citizenship, your official birth certificate, Social Security card, and copies of all income-related records.

  3. Visit the official website

    Using an electrical device and the Internet, visit the official website of the Social Security Administration.

  4. Locate the Retirement tab

    From the main page of the Social Security Administration official website, locate the Retirement tab and click it.

  5. Follow the directions

    Follow the instructions and truthfully provide all the information needed to make a decision on your case.

  6. Sign the application

    Sign the application electronically to complete the application process. Print and save a copy of the signed and completed application for your own records.

  7. Check the status of your case

    Check the status of your case periodically by visiting the Social Security Administration official website and providing your account or case information.

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