Thank you for the clarification. I understand now.
As you may not be aware, social security benefits are paid one month in arrears---meaning that if you want to receive a retirement benefit paid in the month of January 2017, you must begin your benefits in December.
Either way though, if you absolutely must have a payment in January, or you can wait to February, you can still apply right now for your benefits.
Social security will allow you to apply for your retirement benefits 3 full months in advance.
The easiest way to apply for your social security benefit is to just apply on line. Here is a link to the site to get you started. You can apply online for your Social Security Retirement Benefit or a Spouse Benefit at this site: http://www.ssa.gov/retirement/about.htm
In the application you just tell social security what month you want your benefit to start and they will do that for you in advance so it is all set for 2017.
If for some reason you don't want to apply online, you can go to your local social security office and apply, or you can apply over the phone by calling during the week at 1-***-***-****.
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