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After you file for disability in North Carolina, your case is sent to DDS, or disability determination services. NC DDS is where the disability examiner who handles your SSD or SSI claim is located.
1. Where is DDS located? Disability determination services is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.
North Carolina DDS mailing address, physical location, and phone and fax numbers
P.O. Box 243
Raleigh, NC 27602
3301 Terminal Drive
Raleigh NC, 27604
2. How long will my case be at DDS? The short answer is that your case will be there as long as it takes to arrive at a decision, be it an approval or denial. You should generally expect that an initial claim will be there for 90 to 120 days. If your case is there for a reconsideration appeal, it may be there anywhere between 1 to 4 months at the outside.
3. Will I be contacted by the disability examiner who is working on my case? You may be. It is fairly common for an examiner to contact a claimant, either by phone or by mail. Usually, they do this to get additional information about your medical sources, or to clarify some aspect of your work history, or to question you about your ADLs, i.e. your activities of daily living.
4. Can I contact the examiner who is working on my case? Yes, you can. It is sometimes difficult to locate the phone number for DDS through conventional means. However, all you have to do is contact the Social Security office where you applied and ask for the number.
When you call DDS, you will reach the central operator who will ask you for your social security number. They will then look up your examiner and connect you.
5. Will I be required to go to DDS? No, there is usually no reason at all for a disability examiner to ever request that you show up in person.
6. Can I visit DDS and speak to my examiner? Actually, yes you may. DDS has fairly strict security protocols. That said, you may visit the agency if you feel a pressing need to speak to the examiner who is processing your claim, or if you need to drop off evidence, or records of any kind.
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Social Security Disability and SSI in North Carolina
The Social Security Administration administers two disability programs in North Carolina. They are Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability.
If you are a resident of North Carolina, you may contact your local Social Security office for a telephone or an in-person disability interview. There are local Social Security offices in the following cities: Ahoskie, Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gastonia, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Greenville, Henderson, Hendersonville Hickory, Kinston, Lumberton, Mt. Airy, New Bern, Raleigh, Reidsville, Roanoke Rapids, Rockingham, Rocky Mount, Salisbury, Sanford, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville, Washington, Whiteville, Wilkesboro, Wilmington, Wilson, and Winston-Salem.
For a listing of contact numbers and addresses, click here: Social Security offices in North Carolina.
Unlike many other states, North Carolina has a centralized system for disability determinations, which means there is one location for the state disability agency which renders initial claim decisions for SSA. This agency is known as DDS, or Disability Determination Services and is located in Raleigh. At some point after filing your claim, you may be contacted by a disability examiner at DDS, or you may wish to provide updated information to your examiner.
For DDS contact information, click here: North Carolina Disability Determination Services.
Social Security disability hearings are held at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review or simply ODAR. North Carolina has ODAR offices in the following cities: Fayetteville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh. Your residential address will determine which office your hearing will be held at.
The current time in months it takes for a hearing to be held after being requested:
Charlotte NC hearing office 16.5
Fayetteville NC hearing office 14.0
Greensboro NC hearing office 16.0
Raleigh NC hearing office 13.0
Average number of days for a case to be completed at a North Carolina hearing office:
Greensboro NC hearing office 486
Fayetteville NC hearing office 454
Charlotte NC hearing office 441
Raleigh NC hearing office 406
For a listing of Hearing office addresses and contact information, click here: North Carolina Social Security Hearing offices.