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Old 02-17-2017, 07:03 PM
 
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One thing, if your birthday is, say, in June you won't receive your first check until July.
From my understanding, that will only happen if your birthday falls on the 1st or 2nd of the month. SS considers the day before your actual birthday to be the day you turn 62. If your birthday is on the 3rd or later, you will be waiting an extra month, ex. birthday in June, SS in August. You have to be 62 for one whole month before you get payment. They don't pay in advance.
Go online and file as others have stated. I just did and it couldn't have been easier and was actually quite fast when I was finalized with it.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:10 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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From my understanding, that will only happen if your birthday falls on the 1st or 2nd of the month. SS considers the day before your actual birthday to be the day you turn 62. If your birthday is on the 3rd or later, you will be waiting an extra month, ex. birthday in June, SS in August. You have to be 62 for one whole month before you get payment. They don't pay in advance.
Go online and file as others have stated. I just did and it couldn't have been easier and was actually quite fast when I was finalized with it.
You're correct. I should have said June to August not June to July. For some reason I said July, which was when my pension started.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Just did it too. You are eligible to file when you are 61 and 9 months old. As stated above, you get paid the month AFTER your distribution month. Ok, so paid in March, you get direct deposit in April. Money goes in on a Wednesday and the site tells you which Wed based on your alphabetical last name. Mine is the 3rd Wed every month. Apply online. Have your checking account and routing number ready. Takes about 15 minutes to apply. Be sure to write down your confirmation number. In a few weeks you get a letter in the mail verifying your application, amount, and date of first payment. Yippee! Congrats!
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2017.pdf

Not sure if the link will work or not. Payments do not go by the letter of your last name, maybe it did at one time? It goes by the day of your birthday. My BD is the first of the month so get paid the first Wed in the month.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Oops! Yeah, you're right. My bad. Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2017.pdf

Not sure if the link will work or not. Payments do not go by the letter of your last name, maybe it did at one time? It goes by the day of your birthday. My BD is the first of the month so get paid the first Wed in the month.
The link didn't work for me. Are you sure you didn't mean you get paid the second Wednesday of the month? I am remembering that SS payments are made on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays depending on when your birthday falls. In any case what is certain is my birthday is on the 18th and I get paid on the third Wednesday.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:39 PM
 
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From https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2017.pdf

For normal Retirement benefits after 1997

Benefits paid on Birth date on
Second Wednesday 1st–10th
Third Wednesday 11th–20th
Fourth Wednesday 21st–31st
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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From https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2017.pdf

For normal Retirement benefits after 1997

Benefits paid on Birth date on
Second Wednesday 1st–10th
Third Wednesday 11th–20th
Fourth Wednesday 21st–31st
Thank you. That's exactly what I thought I remembered. The system is so clear and has been around for so long, I wonder how all the confusion about it exists? Perhaps because people on welfare through Social Security (disability) do not fall under the above schedule?
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:01 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I will turn 62 this year and after running the numbers, will start taking Social Security. That is not my question. I want to know if I kick the process off myself, or whether the SSA notifies me that I've reached eligibility. I've searched the SSA site, CD and just plain google, and nothing pops up. I'm assuming someone here knows the answer.

Thank you in advance.
We went to the closest SS office and a very nice representative helped us make sure we got everything done right. I have read on this website where some people were confused and needed more answers. The representative told us everything necessary and gave us the estimated figures for different options. My husband was helped the most because they helped him start receiving SS while he was still working. They explained to him how much he would be able to make without losing any SS pay. The only way I would do this by myself online is if the SS office was a great distance from us. We only had to drive about 25 miles.

The lady also explained when we would receive our first check and helped set up automatic deposit into our checking account.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:31 PM
 
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Just an FYI, for 2017 you can make 16,920 and not pay a take back penalty.
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