January 18, 2020

How do I Apply for Social Security Disability?

You can apply for Social Security disability in person, over the phone or over the Internet.  There is no cost to apply and you can cancel your application at any time if you change your mind.

Social Security now uses a “paperless” claims processing system so your case will proceed more quickly if you apply online.  You can apply online at https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability.

If you are not comfortable applying online you can start your application by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 or by visiting your local Social Security office.

Information to Have on Hand When You Apply

When you apply for disability, you should try to have the following information on hand:

  • onset date – what is the date you became disabled?
  • why are you disabled – list of medical conditions that prevent you from working full time reliably
  • names and addresses of your doctors, hospitals and other health care providers
  • list of your jobs over past 15 years, including names of employers, job titles and job descriptions

Here are some additional resources that can help you when you start the application process: