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; some exceptions apply.
  • Got at least one-half of your support from the worker at certain points in time.
  • Filed proof of support with Social Security 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 Social Security 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, visit the Apply for Social Security Benefits page to apply online. You can also call the phone number below to learn more about benefits and how to apply.

Last Updated: 08/21/2019