Social Security: What Is My Full Retirement Age?

The full retirement age for social security depends on when you were born and will determine when you can begin collecting social security. If you were born in 1937 or earlier, your full retirement age is 65. If you were born 1960 or later, your full retirement age is 67. The Social Security Administration has provided this chart for figuring out when your full retirement age is (clicking on the year will take you to the SSA’s page for that age group, breaking down the rules even more clearly).

Year of Birth* Full Retirement Age
or earlier
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
1943–1954 66
1955 66 and 2 months
1956 66
and 4 months
1957 66 and 6 months
1958 66
and 8 months
1959 66 and 10 months
and later
you were born on January 1st of any year you should refer to the previous year.






5 responses to “Social Security: What Is My Full Retirement Age?”

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  2. Eleni Granitsas

    Hi, I would like to know when I can start collecting Social Security as well as what is my full retirement age? Thank you.

  3. JamieLee Dixon

    what age can i draw full social security benifits if i was born August 21 1971?

  4. Myung Hea Ward

    I was born in July 1950. I wonder when is the earlist time I can apply retirement benefit.
    Thank you.

  5. rita dalton

    when would be ableto retire i was born march 1959