Survivor and Dependent Benefits

When a worker who pays into Social Security retires, becomes disabled or dies, certain family members are entitled to draw payments from Social Security to replace the lost wages of the worker.

Who is Eligible

When a worker retires or becomes disabled, the following may be eligible for a dependent cash benefit:

  • Spouses or former spouses who reach retirement age
  • Any minor child
  • Adult children with disabilities that occurred before the age of 22

When a worker dies, the following may be eligible for a survivor cash benefit:

  • Spouses or former spouses at age 60
  • Disabled spouses or former spouses at age 50
  • Dependent parents
  • Any minor child
  • Spouses raising minor child
  • Adult children with disabilities that occurred before the age of 22

Why Apply

To ensure that benefits are received as a dependent or when a family member previously receiving benefits dies.

To Apply For

You cannot report a death or apply for survivors benefits online. To report a death or apply for benefits, call 1-800-772-1213 between 7am and 7pm, Monday through Friday to speak to a Social Security representative.

For more information on documents needed for an application for survivors benefits, click here

Read More

Learn more about SSDI survivor and dependent benefits here.

Links to Important Resources


Topics: Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income
Last updated August 15, 2017

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