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At what age can I start drawing Social Security Retirement Benefits?


If you are 62 years old you can apply to receive Social Security retirement benefits as an individual or as a spouse on a husband or wife’s record. Additionally, an applicant may be entitled to file for social security retirement benefits on the record of another individual as a divorced spouse or widowed spouse provided they were were married to that individual for ten years or more. Widows and Widowers may be entitled to a survivor benefit at the age of sixty provided they have not remarried before the age of 60. Also, a disabled widow or widower may receive a disability benefit on the record of a deceased spouse at age 50 provided they have not remarried prior to age 50.



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    Additional Social Security Retirement Questions


  • At what age can I start drawing Social Security Retirement benefits?

  • When can I actually apply to begin receiving Social Security Retirement benefits?

  • How long does it take to start receiving Social Security Retirement benefits after I apply for them?

  • Is there a minimum benefit amount that I will be entitled to receive for Social Security Retirement?








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