When should I submit my application for SSA retirement?

I will turn 67 on December 20, so I will be at the full retirement age that day. I see lots of advice to submit three months early, but I am afraid they will consider my request to be at age 66 rather than 67. Can you please clarify? Should I submit my application for Social Security retirement three months before my birthday or three months before I want the first check?

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November 2016
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Hello,

According to the Social Security website, it advises people to apply three months ahead. However, you must be the one to specify which month you want to receive the first check. This is done when you fill out your initial application for Social Security, whether you do this online or in person. If you are uncertain as to the month that you will attain a certain age, make sure to ask.

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