How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Who Do I Contact To File For Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration?

If you wish to file for disability you have several ways to file your application. All methods of filing for disability involve some kind of contact with the Social Security Administration.

While Social Security has an online disability filing process, it is not comprehensive. For example, if you wish to file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability in addition to filing for Social Security Disability, you are unable to do so online.

Even if you are filing for Social Security Disability, you are only able to complete your disability application and disability report form SSA 3368 online. You must still print your medical release form SSA 827 and return it to your local Social Security office.

Note: Your online disability claim can actually be denied if you fail to complete your SSA 3368 and/or return your signed medical release form to Social Security.

Currently, the most efficient way to file for disability with Social Security is to contact your local Social Security office to schedule an in-person or telephone disability interview with a Social Security claims representative. During your disability interview, the claims representative will gather all of the necessary medical and work history information for your disability claim. They will also evaluate your eligibility for both disability programs, Social Security Disability and SSI disability, at the time of your interview.

If you choose an in-person interview with your local Social Security office, then your applications, disability report form, and medical release form will be completed during the interview. If you choose to do your application by phone, everything will be completed other than your signed medical release form. It will be mailed to you for your signature. You must return the medical release form or your claim will be denied.

However, both ways still gather all the necessary information for your disability claim, thus saving unnecessary wait time.

Once Social Security has your disability claim file completed, they forward the claim to a state agency responsible for making disability determinations for Social Security. Your disability claim is assigned to a disability examiner who will contact you during the development of your disability claim should they need any additional information.

Always remember: it is your responsibility to attend any medical examinations or return any information requested timely. Failure to do so could cause your disability claim to be denied prior to making a medical determination.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.