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What if you Move out of State after you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?

This question comes up every now and then. You can move after you've started an application for disability, usually with no negative effects. As with most situations involving changes in your contact information (or work activity), you'll want to notify social security as soon as possible.

If the case is at the disability application or reconsideration appeal level and is being evaluated by DDS (disability determination services) or whatever the equivalent is in that particular state, then it simply means contacting the social security office in your new state (and locality since you'll want to contact the office nearest to where you'll be living) and letting them know that you've moved.

If your case is at the hearing level and the hearing hasn't been scheduled yet, you'll want to do the same thing since it will mean that the jurisdiction for the case will have changed. Some individuals who move right before the hearing takes place will be told by the ALJ, or administrative law judge, after they've shown up at the hearing, that the case cannot be heard for that very reason: jurisdiction.

The result? It means that the case would have to be transferred to the hearing office that does have jurisdiction. This could mean a much longer wait for a hearing as a result, basically due to having to get out of one line and then into the back of a new line.

Of course, there are instances in which a person will move right before a hearing and then not inform social security or the hearing office because they want to avoid that situation of "losing their place in line".

With regard to that, you have to be very careful, because if you show up with medical records from a doctor in a different state, the ALJ is likely to catch on.

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

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Can You File For Disability While Receiving Unemployment?
When should you File for Disability benefits with the social security administration?
Do You Have To Be Out Of Work For A Long Time Before You Can File For Disability?
Filing for Disability Online or over the phone
Who Do I Contact To File For Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration?
How long does it take to hear an answer after filing for disability?
You can file for disability for a mental disorder or problem if it interferes with SGA
If You File For Social Security Disability How Far Back Will They Look At Your Medical Records?
What if you Move out of State after you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?
When should you apply for Social Security Disability?

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 file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility