Age to Receive Full Social Security Benefit

The information below is from the Social Security Administration:

Full retirement age for Social Security, also called "normal retirement age," was 65 for many years. In 1983, Congress passed a law to gradually raise the age because people are living longer and are generally healthier in older age.

The law raised the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The retirement age gradually increases by a few months for every birth year, until it reaches 67 for people born in 1960 and later. (source:

 Year of birth 

 Full retirement age 

 1943-54  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
 1960 and later   67

People born on January 1 of any year, refer to the previous year.

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Note: The above information does not pertain to the retirement ages for NHRS benefits; NHRS benefit eligibility is not connected to Social Security eligibility. For information on NHRS benefits and eligibility, click here.