The basic State Pension
4. How to claim
You won’t get your State Pension automatically - you have to claim it. You should have received a letter 4 months before you reached State Pension age, telling you what to do.
If you haven’t received a letter you can phone the claim line. They’ll discuss with you what you need to do.
There are 4 ways to claim:
- online State Pension claims
- over the phone
- download the State Pension claim form and send it to your local pension centre
- claim from abroad including the Channel Islands
State Pension claim line
Telephone: 0800 731 7898
Textphone: 0800 731 7339
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (except public holidays)
Find out about call charges
How to claim is different if you claim from Northern Ireland.
You want to keep working
You can claim your State Pension even if you carry on working.