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Completing the Social Security Application Form

1511.1 Do you need to fill out all questions on the application form?
You should answer all questions on the social Security application form. If you do not know the answer to a question, answer “unknown”. If you do not answer a question needed to establish your right to benefits, we cannot award benefits.

1511.2 How do you sign the application if you cannot write?
If you cannot write, signature by mark on the signature line is acceptable. The signature by mark must be witnessed as indicated on the application form. See §1500.2 which explains Social Security Association’s signature alternative to the pen-and-ink signature or mark which has been implemented for teleclaims and in-person claims.
Last Revised: Sep. 1, 2009

2 Responses to Completing the Social Security Application Form

  1. You can apply online for retirement benefits or benefits as a spouse if you:

    are at least 61 years and 9 months old;
    are not currently receiving benefits on your own Social Security record;
    have not already applied for retirement benefits; and
    want your benefits to start no more than 4 months in the future.

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