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Unexpected changes may occur after you apply to start your Social Security retirement benefits. If you change your mind about receiving benefits, you may be able to withdraw your Social Security claim only if it has been less than 12 months since you were first entitled to benefits.

Your date of entitlement is the month you start your benefits and may not be the same as the date you actually receive your first check. If you withdraw your claim, you may re-apply at a future date. To withdraw your claim, you must make a request in writing to withdraw and repay the benefits that you received.

See Withdrawing Your Social Security Retirement Application for more information.

When you're ready to apply for retirement benefits, use our online retirement application, the quickest, easiest, and most convenient way to apply.

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