Program Description

If you’re the dependent parent of an insured worker who died, you may be able to get Social Security Parent's Insurance Benefits. 

General Program Requirements

As a dependent parent, you must meet the conditions below to qualify:

  • Be at least age 62.
  • Be unmarried since the worker's death.
  • Got at least one-half of your support from the worker at certain points in time.
  • Filed proof of support with the Social Security Administration (SSA) within the time limit.
  • Get a lower Social Security retirement benefit on your own record.

Other terms and conditions also apply. You can get more information through the links provided below.

Application Process

Visit the Information You Need to Apply for Parent’s Benefits – Form SSA-7 page for details on how to apply.

To find other SSA benefits you may qualify for, use the SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) on When you complete the questionnaire, you get a list of benefits to review. You can print this page for your records.

When you know which benefits you may apply for, click Apply for Social Security Benefits to apply online. You can also call the phone numbers below to learn more about SSA benefits and how to apply.

Last Updated: 08/08/2018