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Insured Status Requirements
200.1 Why is insured status important?
You must be insured under the Social Security program before retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits can be paid to you or your family.
200.2 Are Social Security credits used to determine insured status?
We consider the number of Social Security credits you earned to determine if you have:
Fully insured status;
Currently insured status; or
Insured status for establishing a period of disability.
Note: Under Section 211 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 ("SSPA," or Public Law 108-203), certain alien workers must meet additional requirements to be fully or currently insured and to establish entitlement to benefits based on the alien's earnings. (See §201.)
Last Revised: Aug. 1, 2006
- Determining Insured Status
- Special Insured Status-Disabled Before Age 31
- Currently Insured Status Defined
- Fully Insured Status Defined
- Qualifying for Social Security Benefits
- Social Security Handbook Index: Letter Q
- Periods of Disability and Insured Status
- When do you have disability insured status?
- Deemed Fully Insured Status
- If you have fully insured status, can you receive all types of benefits?
- When does your period of disability begin?
- Summary Chart of Requirements for Insured Status
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