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What is The Difference Between The Social Security Disability Application And The Disability Report Form?

While these two things have a symbiotic relationship, they are two very distinct parts of the Social Security application process. You cannot have a disability claim without an application, nor can you have a disability claim without the disability report form. It takes an application, a completed disability report form, and a signed medical release form to complete a Social Security disability claim.

The Social Security disability application provides Social Security with your personal information (i.e. birth date, marriages, resources, income, military service, earnings, work history, children, date you stop working, etc).

Generally, Social Security obtains your disability application during a disability interview generally completed by phone or in person at the local Social Security office. While there is currently an online Social Security disability application and disability report form, the online process does not allow you to file for SSI or Supplemental Security disability.

In addition to this inconvenience you still will have to return a signed medical release form even if you complete both the application and disability report form online.

A Social Security claims representative will compete your disability report form with you during your application interview. The disability report form asks questions about your:

1) Disabling condition,

2) Medications both prescribed and over-the-counter,

3) Medical treatment sources (you should be prepared to provide Social Security with names, phone, number and address),

4) Treatment dates (estimates as to the dates each medical source treated you),

5) Your relevant work activity for the past fifteen years (relevant work history includes any work performed for three months or more during which your earnings were at an SGA level, provided the work was done long enough for the requirements of the job to be learned),

6) And your education (high school graduate or not, if not what was the last grade you completed, college, technical school, etc.).

Social Security will also ask about any kind of special education you may have required in school (this may help your disability application if you have alleged disability on the basis of learning, speech, or comprehension disabilities).

In order to get all of the personal, work, and medical information needed to process a Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability claim; Social Security must have both an application and a disability report form.

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

Related pages:

What happens after I file my disability claim with Social Security?
Disability benefits can be ceased for medical improvement
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
Does surgery disqualify me from my disability application?
If you get denied on a disability application do you have to file a new application?

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.

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