I would like to make an appointment to start receiving the social security benefits for myself

A) To apply for Social Security retirement benefits, you can visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) website to complete an online application, or call the SSA’s toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment to apply in person.

If you prefer to apply in person, you can find the nearest Social Security office by using the office locator tool on the SSA website. You can also call the SSA’s toll-free number to schedule an appointment with a representative at your local office.

When applying for Social Security retirement benefits, it is important to have certain information and documents on hand, including your Social Security number, birth certificate, proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status, W-2 forms and tax returns from previous years, and bank account information if you would like to sign up for direct deposit.

The SSA also offers an online retirement estimator tool that can help you estimate your retirement benefits based on your earnings history and other factors. You can access the estimator tool on the SSA website under the “Estimate Your Retirement Benefits” tab.

It’s important to note that there are certain eligibility requirements and deadlines for Social Security retirement benefits, so it’s a good idea to start the application process well in advance of your planned retirement date.

You can apply for your Social Security benefits online. If you cannot submit your application online you can call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778); or Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits a local Social Security Administration office. Visits for most offices are usually by appointment only so call 1-800-772-1213 to set up your appointment.