4. How to claim

You won’t get your State Pension automatically - you have to claim it. You should get a letter 4 months before you reach State Pension age, telling you what to do.

If you haven’t got a letter 3 months before your State Pension age, phone the claim line. They’ll discuss with you what you need to do.

There are 4 ways to claim:

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. However, you have the option to defer which can increase the amount you get.

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