Social Security: Application for retirement benefits can be done in 15 minutes

Online application the fastest way to sign up for Social Security retirement benefits.
Published: February 24, 2013
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You can even enter different “what if” scenarios to find out what your benefits will be in different situations. A Spanish-language calculator is available at www.segurosocial.gov/calculador.

In addition, you can obtain your online Social Security Statement, which provides estimates of future benefits, as well as a record of your earnings to make sure your past earnings are reported correctly. Find the online Statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/statement.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at (800) 772-1213.