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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

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

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

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.