Social Security and how it works
Social Security provides a source of income when you retire or if you cannot work due to a disability. It may also provide benefits for your legal dependents after your death.
Get a Social Security number or card
You will need a Social Security number to:
- Apply for a job
- Open a bank account
- Pay taxes
- Get retirement or disability benefits
Find out how to apply for a Social Security number or replace your Social Security card.
Learn about the types of Social Security benefits and how to apply
There are four main types of Social Security benefits. Learn about each, and find out if you qualify and how to apply:
- Retirement benefits
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Benefits for spouses and other survivors of a family member who has died
How to Get Help With Your Social Security Benefits
If you have specific questions about your Social Security benefits, you can:
LAST UPDATED: April 11, 2023
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