If you are within three months of turning age 65 or older and not ready to start your monthly Social Security benefits yet, you can use our online retirement application to sign up just for Medicare and wait to apply for your retirement or spouses benefits later. It takes less than 10 minutes, and there are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required.
Checklist for Online Medicare, Retirement, & Spouses Applications
The information below will help you gather the informationprint: you may need to create a my Social Security account and complete the online Medicare, Retirement, and Spouse’s applications. We recommend you print this page to use while gathering your information.
Create a my Social Security Account
You are required to login to your existing my Social Security account, or attempt to create one. To create an account, we will ask you a series of identity questions for verification. You may want to have certain items on hand to be prepared for additional security questions, such as, but not limited to: mobile phone (for the purpose of receiving texts and emails), credit card, W-2, and tax forms.
File for Benefits Online - The Information You Need
Retirement & Spouses
Date and Place of Birth
If you were born outside the United States or its territories:
Current Heath Insurance
Marriage and Divorce
Names and Dates of Birth of Children Who:
U.S. Military Service
Employer Details for Current Year and Prior 2 Years (not self-employment)
Self-Employment Details for Current Year and Prior 2 Years
Direct Deposit - Domestic bank (USA)
Direct Deposit - International bank (non-USA)
Source: Social Security Administration Publication No. 05-10509