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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:

You can create a “my Social Security” account to make applying for and managing your benefits easier.

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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