Program Description

You may be able to get spouse's benefits, even if you've never worked under Social Security before.

Learn more on the Retirement Planner: Benefits For You as a Spouse and Benefits for Spouses pages.

General Program Requirements

For you to qualify for spouse benefits, you must meet the conditions below:

  • Be married to a spouse who already gets retirement or disability benefits.
  • Be married to your spouse for at least one year or be the mother or father of their natural child.
  • Be at least age 62, or under 62 and caring for the spouse's child (under age 16 or disabled).

Other terms and conditions also apply.

Application Process

Visit the Information You Need to Apply for Spouse's or Divorced Spouse's Benefits - Form SSA-2 page for details on how to apply.

To find out what 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