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How do I get a copy of my social Security Disability File on disc?

Social Security has always allowed disability applicants access to the information contained in their disability folders, with the exception of mental health medical records.

However, social Security is moving toward paperless case processing; consequently most disability folders or files are now electronically stored. Therefore, the only way for disability applicants to review the medical information contained in their disability file is to request a CD.

Disability applicants can request a copy of the disability file on disc (CD) by completing a form 3288 (release of information) and returning it to their local Social Security office. Once SSA has received a claimant's request, the disability file will be copied to a CD and given to them personally or mailed out. Social Security provides only one free copy per disability applicant, and as I stated above no mental health records are released.

If an individual wants mental health records, they will have to have their disability file sent to their treating physician, if they have no formal representation.

However,if an applicant has formal representation, their representative can request the entire disability file (including mental health notes) provided they have a signed form SSA 1696 (the form used to designate a representative, such as a disability lawyer or a non-attorney disability representative)

The important things to remember when requesting a copy of your Social Security disability file is that you are entitled to a copy, but you can only have one free copy. If you need more than one copy of your disability file, there will be a charge for copying.

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

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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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to claim disability
Disability claim appeal status
How to get you Social Security Disability status
How does a person qualify for disability benefits?
How do you Apply for SSI?
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
Can you work if you get SSI?
How long will you get disability after an award notice?
If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
Social Security Disability denied
Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
f I get disability will my children receive benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How to file for disability and medical conditions
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
How to get disability
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
How to appeal a disability denial