We assume that you mean contacting Social Security for the purpose of applying for retirement benefits. It’s best to contact Social Security three months before the month in which you want to receive retirement benefits. For example, you would contact the agency in April if you plan to retire in July. This guideline applies no matter what age you plan to begin receiving benefits (e.g., 62, 66, or later). Many people apply for benefits at SocialSecurity.gov.
For additional information and personalized answers to your questions, visit a local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213.
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