Claiming State Pension

When to claim your State Pension and options for doing it online, by telephone and by post, including what information you'll need.

You won’t get your State Pension automatically - you have to claim it.

When to claim your State Pension

You can make your claim if you are within four months of reaching State Pension age and live in Northern Ireland. 

Four months before you reach your State Pension age, the Northern Ireland Pension Centre will write to you.

How to claim your State Pension

You can claim your State Pension online, by telephone or by post.


The State Pension online service is closed to new claims. You can make a new claim online from 1 March 2018. 

Go to the link below for more information:


You can still claim State Pension by telephone. Contact the State Pension Claim line at the link below:


You can also download the State Pension claim form, print, then complete and send it to the Northern Ireland Pension Centre. This may take more time than claiming by telephone. Go to the link below:

If you’re not contacted

If you have not heard from the Northern Ireland Pension Centre when you are three months from your State Pension age, you'll need to contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre:

What you need when you make your claim

You will need the following information when you make a claim:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your current address and postcode, plus your last two addresses
  • your husband’s, wife’s or civil partner’s details, if you are married or you’re in a civil partnership, including their National Insurance number
  • the date of your marriage or civil partnership
  • relevant details if you’re divorced or widowed or your civil partnership has been dissolved or you’re a surviving civil partner
  • details of any social security benefits or entitlements that you or your husband, wife or civil partner receives or is waiting to hear about
  • your social security number and relevant dates you were outside the UK - if you have ever lived or worked outside the UK
  • details of the account you wish to have your State Pension paid directly into

All the information you give is confidential.

How the State Pension is paid

Your State Pension is paid directly into your bank, building society, Post Office or National Savings account that accepts Direct Debit payment.

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