2015 Social Security Eligibility:
Full Retirement Age: 66.
Early Retirement Age: 62. Taking early retirement can reduce Social Security benefits up to 30 percent.
Social Security: When & How to Apply for Benefits:
You should apply for Social Security benefits three months before the date you want your benefits to start.
You can apply in one of the following ways:
Visit your local Social Security office. Call 1-800-772-1213 to find the office nearest your location. Or
Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call Social Security at TTY 1-800-325-0778. Or
Go Online: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/rib