Apply For Social Security…Online!

Apply For Social Security…Online!
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    Over the next two decades as baby boomers retire, the number of Social Security recipients seeking benefits on a daily basis will be staggering.

    Current estimates have as many as 10,000 people filing for retirement benefits every day, a number that could overwhelm local Social Security offices.


A recent AP report published in The Wall Street Journal (Wednesday, January 8, 2009, page D2) titled, “Online Applications for Social Security,” reveals just how the Social Security Administration plans to tackle the problem.

According to Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue, the agency is updating its electronic interface which will allow applicants to apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. Up to now, prospective beneficiaries would have to visit their local office and spend about 45 minutes with a field officer.

With no papers to sign and no additional documents needed (in most cases) to process applications, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is streamlining what has long been a cumbersome process. Recognizing that future retires will be much more computer savvy than those workers who retired a generation ago makes putting the application process a great idea, something that can be accessed at

Patty Duke and Cathy Lane Weigh In

Current retirees will find a familiar face (or two) pitching the SSA’s new online retirement plan. Patty Duke who played herself and her cousin, Cathy Lane, on the Patty Duke Show has reprised these roles, this time as Patty seeks to obtain retirement benefits.

“Like millions of other baby boomers, I like to spend time with my grandchildren, travel or just relax with a good book.  And I love the convenience of doing things online,” Ms. Duke said.  “Social Security has made applying for retirement benefits online easier than ever before.  So when you decide to retire, apply online for Social Security benefits at  It’s so easy!”

According to SSA Commissioner Astrue said.  “In addition to our new online retirement application, and other services like our new Retirement Estimator, the highest rated online service in government, we are continuing to expand and improve our Internet service options.  These services will help us provide the American public with world-class service for generations to come.”

Source: Social Security Administration


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".