How do I apply for Social Security benefits?

An application for most Social Security benefits can be completed online, via telephone or at any Social Security Administration office. 

Applications for widow(er)/surviving ex-spouse benefits can only be complete on site. in person, at a Social Security Administration office.    

More information is available at the following website addresses: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/applying8.html

https://www.ssa.gov/forms/apply-for-benefits.html