How old do I have to be before I can collect full Social Security benefits?

Personal Finance February 25, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Find your birth year below, and see when you will be eligible for full retirement benefits:

* 1937 or earlier: age 65

* 1938: 65 and 2 months

* 1939: 65 and 4 months

* 1940: 65 and 6 months

* 1941: 65 and 8 months

* 1942: 65 and 10 months

* 1943 - 54: age 66

* 1955: 66 and 2 months

* 1958: 66 and 8 months

* 1959: 66 and 10 months

* 1960 and later: age 67

If you did not find your birth year above, visit http:www.ssa.gov/retirechartred.htm. No matter what your full retirement age is, you may start receiving reduced benefits as early as age 62.

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