How do I apply for the State Pension?

You can now apply for the State Pension online through GOV.UK Verify. CitizenSafe is here with useful tips and advice to make applying that little bit easier.


When to apply

You can apply for the State Pension once you're within four months and four days of your State Pension age. 

Currently, the State Pension age is different for men and women, and will depend on the year you were born. To find out when you are going to reach your State Pension age, use GOV.UK's State Pension calculator.


Information you'll need

Before you apply for the State Pension, you'll need to have a few details handy. These include:

You may also need the following information, depending on your circumstances:

Registering with GOV.UK Verify

At the moment, you can check your State Pension statement through GOV.UK Verify and soon you'll also be able to apply for your State Pension online. GOV.UK Verify is the Government's secure public portal via which you can access a whole range of online government services, from filing your Self Assessment to checking the points on your Driving Licence – and, of course, applying for the State Pension. 

When you register with GOV.UK Verify, you'll have to have your identity checked by a certified identity verification company. This is so the Government can be sure that you are who you say you are, and not someone pretending to be you. It also means your personal information is kept secure online. By registering now, you'll save yourself time when new services, like applying for your State Pension, become available through GOV.UK Verify.

CitizenSafe identity checks

You'll see CitizenSafe on the list of third party identity verification companies you can use on GOV.UK Verify. We've been specialising in identity verification for 16 years and are the only name on the list 100% dedicated to online identity checks. Which means you can rest assured you'll receive a safe and straightforward service that won't keep you at your computer longer than you need to be.

We'll ensure your identity check is absolutely secure and we won't ask you any unnecessary questions. And importantly, we won't share your personal information with anyone other than the government department you've requested. In the case of applying for the State Pension, this will be the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


Register with CitizenSafe now

To speed up the process when it's time to have your identity checked, you can register with us now. We'll ask you a few simple questions that will help us verify you down the line.

If you like, we can also let you know when more government services go live online and keep you up to date with the latest news from GOV.UK.


Find out more

Stay tuned to for loads more useful information about GOV.UK Verify and the government services you can use online. You can also visit GOV.UK for information on all government services.

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