How To Apply For Disability Benefits

This page provides instructions on how to apply for disability benefits. If applying in person you can use our Social Security office locator to find a location near you so you can call and setup an appointment. It is not required, but they recommend it as it could save you time.


Who can apply for disability benefits online?

You can use this guide we have created to see if you may qualify for Social Security benefits of any kind. Below is a list of requirements to use the Social Security online platform to apply for more benefits.



Once you finish the online process, a Social Security representative will contact you for any additional information needed for the applications. You can also schedule an appointment with a local Social Security office to file an application. Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local Social Security office.

Applying for disability benefits

For people applying for disability benefits online, you should understand the differences between SSI and SSDI to ensure you receive the monthly payments you’re entitled. Use these steps to help determine your eligibility for disability benefits



What information do I need to apply for benefits?

They suggest that you have the following information at hand. It will make completing the application much easier.

Information About You

Information About Your Medical Condition

Information About Your Work


What documents do I need to provide?

They may ask you to provide documents to show that you are eligible, such as:



Mailing Your Documents

If you mail any documents to them, you must include the Social Security number so that they can match them with the correct application. Do not write anything on the original documents. Please write the Social Security number on a separate sheet of paper and include it in the mailing envelope along with the documents.

If you do not want to mail these documents, you may bring them to a Social Security office. Do not mail foreign birth records or any documents from the Department of Homeland Security, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service, especially those you are required to keep with you at all times. These documents are extremely difficult, time-consuming and expensive to replace if lost. Some cannot be replaced. Instead, bring them to a Social Security office where they will examine them and return them to you.


Advantages of applying online

Their online disability application process offers several advantages. You can:



What happens after I apply?

After they receive your online application, they will:



If you do not want to or cannot apply for disability benefits online, then you can apply:


Elliot Marks

Elliot Marks

Author & Social Security Advisor

Elliot Marks has spent over 10 years providing clear and concise information to help Americans navigate the complex nuances of social security and many other government services in the United States. Elliot has a passion for helping those in need of these services to be able to find timely access to news and information that is relevant and helpful to their daily lives.