How do I apply for Medicare online?

To apply for Medicare online, you may visit the Social Security Administration’s website at to complete and submit the Medicare application. To do so, you must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • You are at least 64 years and 9 months old, and
  • You do not currently have ANY Medicare coverage, and
  • You do not want to start receiving Social Security benefits at this time, and
  • You are not currently receiving Social Security retirement, disability or survivors benefits.

You have the option to sign up for both Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) online regardless if you are retired or even ready to retire. You can opt out of receiving retirement benefits once you are in the online application, and apply online for retirement benefits at a later date.

Return to the Medicare FAQ section to view more answers to other commonly asked questions about Medicare prescription drug coverage.