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What Is Social Security? Social Security primarily refers social welfare service concerned with social protection, or protection against socially recognized conditions, including poverty, old age, disability,unemployment and others. Although some publications use the terms"social security" and "social protection" interchangeably, socialsecurity is used both more narrowly (to refer only to schemes with theformal title of 'social security') and more widely (referring to manykinds of social welfare scheme). Social security may refer to:

  • social insurance - where people receive benefits or services in recognition of contributions to an insurance scheme. These services typically include provision for retirement, pensions disabilty insurance, survivor benefits and unemployment.
  • income maintenance - mainly the distribution of cash in the event of interruption of employment, including retirement, disability and unemployment
  • services - provided by administrations responsible for social security. In different countries this may include medical care, aspects of social work and even industrial relations.
  • More rarely, the term is also used to refer to basic security, a term roughly equivalent to access to basic necessities - things such as food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care
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Online Forms (fill out and submit online) Other Social Security Forms
Medicare Forms
Disabilty Forms Forms from Other U.S. Government Agencies
Reconsideration and Appeals Forms Instructions for Printing Forms
Benefit Application Supporting Forms Third Party Organizations Who Want to Reproduce Forms

Online Forms (fill out and submit online)


Medicare Forms

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Disability Forms

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Reconsiderarion and Appeals Form

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Benefit Application Supporting Forms

Generally, we use these forms for people who have applied for benefits or are applying. We will let you know when you need to complete one of these forms.

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Other Social Security Forms

These forms are used for many of our programs and services. Each form has instructions.

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Information You Need to Apply for Benefits

If you live in the U.S. – You can complete an application for Retirement, Spouse's, Medicare, or Disability Benefits online. You can also call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local office to apply for these or any other kind of benefits.

If you live outside the U.S., contact the nearest U.S. Social Security office, U.S. Embassy or consulate, or the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) in the Philippines.

To see the information you will need when you apply, select the type of benefits you want from the list below:

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Forms from Other U.S. Government Agencies

The following are commonly requested forms from other agencies that we provide for your convenience. Any questions about these forms should be addressed to the agency that is responsible for the form.  

Other Government Forms at www.Forms.Gov

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Instructions for Printing Forms

SSA offers our forms in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files are printer independent using any printer. To read and print a PDF publication, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your PC. You can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader version suitable for your system by clicking on this button. There is no charge for this software.

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SSA forms must be printed on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper. You must print the form with blue or black ink to be acceptable to SSA.

NOTE: if you live abroad, and cannot obtain 8.5 x 11 paper, the use of A4 size paper (8.25 x 11.7) is the only acceptable alternative.

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