To apply for Social Security online, you want to have all the information you need at your fingertips before you log into your account.
So what information is that, and what steps must you take?
First, you’ll need to log in or create an account at mySocialSecurity. To create an account, the Social Security Administration will ask you a series of questions for verification. Among other things, you should have the following ready: your mobile phone, a credit card, a W-2, and your tax forms.
Once you have a mySocialSecurity account, you can then begin applying for your retirement and spousal benefits. You’ll need:
Date and place of birth: If you were born outside the U.S. or its territories, you’ll need the name of your birth country at the time of your birth and, if you’re not a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident card number.
Marriage and divorce: You’ll need