Social Security Benefits

Most of us are entitled to some type of Social Security benefit, but the nature of the benefits(s) and the qualifications thereof are subject to change. Thus, it is important to obtain timely information every few years on what benefits may be due.

It is also important to remember that SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS MUST BE APPLIED FOR: THEY ARE NOT PAID AUTOMATICALLY. Also, benefits must be applied for within a specific time frame. To facilitate the filing of a claim for your Social Security benefits, you will need most or all of the following documents:

  • Death Certificate
  • Birth Certificate of Deceased
  • Social Security Card of Deceased
  • Marriage Certificate (copy)
  • Birth Certificate of Applicant
  • Birth Certificates of Minor Children
  • Disability Proof for Children over 18
  • Receipted Funeral Bill

Currently, Social Security benefits are available in cases of disability and at the time of retirement (age 62); when death occurs, benefits are available to a surviving spouse over age 60 and to surviving children under age 18.

You can contact your local Social Security Office for current information on specific benefits and claims procedures, or call the national toll-free number at: 1-800-772-1213

You may also write to your local office, or to the national Social Security Office at:

Social Security Administration
Baltimore, Maryland 21238