The spouse of an individual may be able to receive social security benefits. Even if he or she has never worked under Social Security, your spouse may be able to receive benefits if he or she is at least 62 years of age and you are receiving or are eligible for retirement or disability benefits. He or she can also qualify for Medicare at age 65.
If your spouse is not already receiving benefits, he or she can apply online for benefits based on age. If you and your spouse apply online for retirement benefits at the same time, or if your spouse applies online after you start receiving benefits, the social security administration will check his or her eligibility for benefits as a spouse. If he or she is qualified, the online application will automatically include a request for spousal benefits on your record.