Claim your State Pension online

If you are eligible, you can claim your State Pension online but you will need a Government Gateway account. Read what the steps are and how you can claim your State Pension online.

Before you start

To use this service you must be resident in Northern Ireland.

To claim your State Pension if you live outside UK, contact the International Pension CentreIf you live in Great Britain claim your State Pension online on the GOV.UK website.


Step one - register with Government Gateway

Additional information

To claim your State Pension online you must:

  • be claiming for yourself
  • be within four months of State Pension age, or older
  • not want to defer your State Pension
  • have a National Insurance number
  • have a UK bank, building society or Post Office card account
  • not be receiving, or be in the process of claiming, a State Pension, Graduated Retirement Pension, War Widow's or Widower's Pension, Bereavement Benefit, Carer's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Income Support, Industrial Death Benefit, Industrial Injuries Disablement Allowance, Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit or Severe Disablement Allowance

Step one: Government Gateway

If you don’t have a Government Gateway account

Government Gateway is a secure route to government services.  As part of Government Gateway registration you'll be asked questions to confirm your identity. Once registered, you’ll receive a user ID and activation code in the post. You’ll need these to use the State Pension online service.

Please do not share your personal information or password with anyone.

If you have a Government Gateway account

If you already have a Government Gateway account, you'll need to answer additional questions to confirm your identity.  You’ll receive an activation code by post to use with State Pension online.

Please do not share the personal information or password you enter with anyone.

Step two: information you need before you can claim your State Pension online

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

  • your National Insurance number
  • your current address and postcode, plus your last two addresses
  • your tax reference number (you can find this on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) forms P45 or P60, or any letter you’ve received from HMRC about tax)
  • if you’re married or in a civil partnership (or have been in the past), you will need to confirm your husband, wife or civil partner’s details (this includes their National Insurance number and the date of your marriage or civil partnership)
  • if you’re divorced or widowed, your civil partnership has dissolved or you’re a surviving civil partner, you'll need to confirm the date you were divorced or widowed
  • details of any social security benefits or entitlements that you or your husband, wife or civil partner are getting or waiting to hear about
  • the address of any employer you’ve worked for in the last two years, and the dates you worked for them
  • if you’ve ever lived or worked abroad, you should confirm your social security number and the dates you were abroad
  • an account number where you want your State Pension paid

Step three: Claim your State Pension by activating your new or updated Government Gateway account

Log in to your new or updated Government Gateway account and activate it with the code you've been sent. You can then claim your State Pension.

Step four: Confirmation your claim has been completed

When you've completed your claim you'll see a screen confirming that it's been submitted and telling you what will happen next.

Return to a claim you have already started

You can go back to a claim you have already started, if you have not submitted it. You'll need your State Pension service unique reference number. You got this when you last used the service.

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