How to claim

You will not get your new State Pension automatically - you have to claim it.

You’ll need:

  • the date of your most recent marriage, civil partnership or divorce
  • the dates of any time spent living or working abroad
  • your bank or building society details

If you’re applying online, you’ll also need the invitation code from the letter about getting your State Pension.

If you have not received an invitation letter but you are within 3 months of reaching your State Pension age, you can request an invitation code.

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How to claim is different if you claim from Northern Ireland.

Other ways to apply

Claim by phone

If you’ll reach State Pension age in the next 4 months, you can phone the Pension Service to claim.

Claim by post

You need to phone the Pension Service to get a State Pension claim form posted to you.

Send your completed form to:

Pension Service 8
Post Handling Site B
WV98 1AF

If you retire abroad

There’s a different way to claim your pension from abroad, including the Channel Islands.

If you want to keep working

You can claim your new State Pension even if you carry on working. However, you have the option to defer which can increase the amount you get.

Claiming an Isle of Man pension

If you’re eligible for a state pension from the Isle of Man, you’ll need to claim it separately from your UK new State Pension.

Find out if you’re eligible and how to claim your Isle of Man pension. You’ll get one payment for your UK pension and a separate payment for your Isle of Man pension.

You cannot defer an Isle of Man pension after 6 April 2016.