What is the earliest age that I can begin receiving retirement benefits?

The earliest age at which you can begin getting Social Security retirement benefits is 62.

Recent changes in the law affect the age for full retirement benefits, but do not affect the minimum age for retirement. The minimum age for retirement is still age 62. You will receive a reduced benefit if you elect benefits prior to your full retirement age.

The earliest age at which you can be entitled to Medicare is 65. (You can be entitled to Medicare at an earlier age only if you are entitled to Social Security disability benefits.)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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