Apply for Social Security by Mail

Applying for Social Security by mail may seem like the easiest method to get your benefits. However, there are certain steps you need to take to make sure that you submit your Social Security application properly. Filing your request should give you little difficulty as long as you understand and follow the SSA’s procedures.

There are several options for applying to social Security including filing online, via the telephone and by mail. Careful planning can aid you in making this process smooth. There are a few steps you will need to follow: 1. you will need to learn how to access your SS application, 2. what type of information you need to provide and 3.where to file your completed materials.

Where to Download a Social Security Application

When you are ready to apply for Social Security benefits by mail, the first thing you need to do is to get the application. A simple way to access this form is online. You can find the Social Security benefits form to download on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website. This is a form- fillable document, which means you can type your information directly into the form, then print it. Alternately, you can print the document first, and then hand write in your information.

If you don’t want to get your application online, your local Social Security office may have forms for you to use. Make sure you check with your local SSA office to find out if it has the Social Security Benefits application before you go there to apply.

Where to Mail a Social Security Application

Once you complete your form, you must send the document to the correct Social Security application mailing address. Remember, the address you must use is specific to your nearest Social Security office. You will want to confirm that your local office receives your document. Using USPS delivery confirmation services will help with that. If you need help finding a facility near you, use this site’s Social Security office locator. Once you locate the agency office you can find its mailing address. If you have trouble locating an office’s mailing address, remember you can always just go to the Social Security office and submit your application in person.

Do I need to go to an office anyway?

You may be required to report to a program office once you apply for Social Security retirement by mail. This is especially true if the workers at your Social Security office need any additional information from you in order to process your application.
Note: you always have the option to file your application in person at a Social Security office. If you choose to take advantage of this option, consider scheduling an appointment before you arrive. Having an appointment will reduce the headache of the process. This can help ensure program representatives are available to help you when you are at the office.

Documents Needed to Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits

When applying for Social Security benefits, there are certain documents you will need to submit to the office. Case workers use these items to verify your eligibility for Social Security benefits. They also use the information you provide to assess how much in benefits you qualify to receive. Thus, it is important that you provide the following documents along with your application:

• Your Social Security card.
• Tax documents that verify your earnings.
• Proof of citizenship or immigration status.
• Your birth certificate.
• Proof of military service, if you served prior to 1968.

You can find the address, phone number, office hours, and a map to your local Social Security office in our directory.