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The Full Retirement Age is Increasing

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The earliest a person can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits will remain at age 62.

Age 62 benefits
Delayed Retirement


Full retirement age (also called "normal retirement age") had been 65 for many years. However, beginning with people born in 1938 or later, that age gradually increases until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959.

The 1983 Social Security Amendments included a provision for raising the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The Congress cited improvements in the health of older people and increases in average life expectancy as primary reasons for increasing the normal retirement age. 

Note: If you were born on January 1st of any year you should refer to the previous year.

If you were born in:           

Your full retirement age is:

Or read our chart that shows the steps in which the full retirement age is increasing.

Full retirement age goes from 65 to 67
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Last reviewed or modified Tuesday May 20, 2008
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