20 CFR 416.310 - What makes an application a claim for benefits.
An application will be considered a claim for benefits, if the following requirements are met:
(a) An application form prescribed by us must be filled out.
(b) be filed at a social security office, at another Federal or State office we have designated to receive applications for us, or with a person we have authorized to receive applications for us. See § 416.325.