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Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter

How does Social Security notify individuals that their claim has been approved for Social Security disability? Social Security notifies all individuals who apply for disability benefits by mail. If your disability claim has been approved, you will receive an award letter and if your claim has been denied you will receive a denial letter.

What does kind of information is included in a Social Security award letter? A Social Security award letter will include the following information:

  • The date that you are entitled to begin receiving your disability benefits (in other words, how far back your disability status was established).

  • How much your monthly disability benefit amount will be.

  • When you should expect to receive your first disability payment.

  • How long does it take to receive an award letter?

    Just how long does it takes to receive a Social Security disability or SSI award letter, depends upon the level at which your disability claim is approved. For instance, if you receive an approval for SSD or SSI at the initial claim (meaning the disability application level) or reconsideration appeal level, you may receive your disability award letter within three months.

    However, if you do not receive your disability approval until the disability hearing level, you will first receive a letter from the hearing office stating you have been approved. This letter is a Notice of Decision. However, your actual award letter or Notice of Award, that spells out how much money you will receive--and when--may take another six weeks or so to arrive.

    Why does the social security disability award letter take so long to arrive when a case is at the hearing level? This is because the hearings offices send all of their allowances to regional payment centers to be processed. These payment processing centers have huge volumes of cases to process and are understaffed. This, of course, means that the time required for receiving an award letter will be longer.

    But in some instances, the system is fairly unpredictable. For example, it happens fairly regularly that a claimant who has been approved may even receive their first Social Security benefits before they have received their official Social Security award letter.

    Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

    Related pages:

    How far back are Social Security disability benefits awarded on an appeal?
    How long will it take to start getting disability benefits after an award notice?
    Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
    The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
    The Social Security Award Notice after Disability Benefits are Awarded
    When Do You Get A Social Security Disability Award Letter And What Does It Say?
    The Social Security Disability Five Month Waiting Period
    Check Amount on Social Security Disability Award Letter
    What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
    You Cannot get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award if you don't Provide SSA what they need
    How Much Do You Get For Disability If You Are Awarded Benefits?
    Does Your Last Job Determine If You Receive A Social Security or SSI Award?
    Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Awarded Quickly?
    The Social Security disability award notice process in North Carolina
    How is Social Security Disability and SSI Awarded?

    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