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You already may file your application.
You can apply for Social Security retirement benefits when you are at least 61 years and 9 months of age.
You should apply three months before you want your benefits to start.
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Generally - you will need to apply when you will turn your FRA - full retirement age - that is 66 years and 4 months because your year of birth is 1956.
If you start benefits earlier - they will be permanently reduced - but benefits will be that you will be receiving longer.
If you are looking for actual amount of your benefits - you will need to order your SSA statement.That may be done online or over the phone.