Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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How Old Do You Have To Be For Social Security Disability - Is There An Age Requirement?
Social Security disability has no disabled child’s benefits (minor age children with disabilities file under the SSI program, not the SSD program). The minimum age for Social Security disability benefits is eighteen years old provided the eighteen year old has worked long enough to be insured for Social Security disability. Or, an adult child may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits based upon a deceased or living parent’s earnings record.
If their parent is living, they must be entitled to a Social Security retirement or disability benefit for their child (i.e. child, adopted child, or possibly step child, grandchild, or step grandchild) to receive benefits. An adult disabled child must be disabled prior to the age of twenty-two and unmarried.
There is one other situation that has a minimum age requirement. If an individual is filing for disabled widow or widower’s benefits, they must be at least fifty years of age to be eligible to receive benefits.
These are the situations that have a minimum age requirement in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. There are a couple of other situations that involve a "maximum age requirement". Disabled widow or widower’s must be disabled prior to the age of sixty to be eligible for disability benefits based on their deceased spouse’s earnings record. If a widow or widower was not disabled prior to the age of sixty, they are still eligible to receive standard widow or widower’s benefits.
If an individual is within six months of full retirement age, there is no advantage to filing for disability. At this age, they are already entitled to Medicare benefits and the five-month disability waiting period prevents an advantage over full retirement benefits. In fact, all Social Security disability beneficiaries are converted to full retirement beneficiaries at their full retirement age.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria