Gather documentation to prove that you are eligible for the payout. Documents such as your birth certificate, naturalization papers, a U.S. military discharge or a W-2 form or tax return.
Bring your documents to your local Social Security Administration office.
Fill out the application for benefits including your name and Social Security number; the name, gender, date of birth and Social Security number of the deceased person; the deceased person's date and place of death.
Prepare to answer a number of questions including the names, dates of births and social Security numbers of surviving children, whether the deceased worker ever served in the military, and whether he applied for benefits through Social Security.
Sign the application and submit it to the Social Security Administration. If you wish to sign up for a direct deposit of your benefit payment, bring along your checkbook or account number as well.