Common Social Security Questions Answered
This post is about answering the most common Social Security Question. If you would like to submit a question about Social Security, you can do so in the comments section below.
What month do Social Security benefits begin?
An individual first becomes eligible to receive Social Security benefits during the month after the month of their 62nd birthday.
Once you have applied, it could take up to three months to receive your first benefit payment. Social Security benefits are paid monthly, starting in the month after your birthday.
So if a person was born in August, his or her first month of eligibility is September.
Since the Social Security Administration pays individuals a month behind, the person will receive the September benefit in October.
If you would like to receive your first payment in the first month you are eligible, you will need to apply three months before your birthday.
For the latest Social Security payment schedule, click here.