"Social Security's new online retirement application can be completed in as little as 15 minutes from the comfort of your home or office," Astrue said. "Filing online means there's no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative."
To apply for benefits applicants will be asked a brief series of questions about themselves and their work. They can stop and restart the application process in order to look up needed information either from their personal files or by clicking on links that are provided.
There are no paper forms to sign, and usually no additional documents are required. If more information is needed, applicants will be contacted by Social Security. The application may be found here.
"To meet the needs of Patty and 80 million of her fellow baby boomers, who are becoming eligible for retirement at a rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years, Social Security is developing a wide range of online and automated services," Astrue said. "In addition to our new online retirement application, and other services like our new Retirement Estimator, the highest rated online service in government, we are continuing to expand and improve our Internet service options. These services will help us provide the American public with world-class service for generations to come."
To see a demonstration of Social Security's online retirement application and to view the new public service announcements featuring Patty Duke as cousins Patty and Cathy Lane of the "Patty Duke Show," go here.