Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
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The easiest way is to schedule a visit to your local Social Security Administration office. You will be asked to provide a number of documents to support your application for survivor benefits. Bring copies of your originals to the meeting.
You can apply for benefits by calling our national toll-free service at 1-***-***-****(TTY 1-***-***-****) or visiting your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to apply.
You can help by being ready to:
Documents you may need to provide
We may ask you to provide documents to show that you are eligible, such as:
We accept photocopies of W-2 forms, self-employment tax returns or medical documents, but we must see the original of most other documents, such as your birth certificate. (We will return them to you.)
While SSA suggests you can call to apply, they will likely set an appointment for you to visit an SSA office.
They prefer that you bring originals they can copy, such as a certified death certificate.
You can ask for an estimate of your new benefit, and an estimate of how long it will take for your benefit change to take effect.
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