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Social Security
How to Apply

To apply for benefits tell Social Security you want to apply for SSI and other benefits or help someone else to do so.  This process takes about 5-10 minutes.  They ask for basic information:

  • Name, date of birth, and Social Security number of the person interested in SSI.

  • Mailing address, phone number, and email address (optional) for the person interested in SSI.

  • Your name, phone number, and email address (optional) if you are helping someone else.

After you complete the online process, a Social Security representative schedules an appointment to help you apply for benefits.  They will send the appointment date and time by mail (and email, if provided) within 7-14 business days to the person interested in applying.  In some cases, a Social Security representative may call to schedule the appointment.

Ways to contact Social Security

  • Online (at Social Security) - It's the easiest and fastest way to sign up and get any financial help you may need. (You'll need to create your secure my Social Security account to sign up for Medicare or apply for benefits).

  • If you or your spouse worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772.

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