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

Can I apply for disability online?

You may file an application online for Title II Social Security Disability benefits (disability benefits based on your earnings). Social Security online offers a disability form to address your medical treatment sources (doctors, hospital, etc), work activity (jobs), and medications.

The claimed advantage to filling out the the online disability form is that it may reduce the amount of time the disability interview takes.

However, several factors about filing online should be considered:

1. The disability interview with the CR (claims representative) at the Social Security office offers a valuable opportunity to directly ask questions regarding the application process and the appeal process which the online process does not afford. Asking these questions may contribute to the reduced potential for mistakes that may cause delay in the handling of a claim.

2. A significant percentage of claims that are initiated online are denied without the benefit of a disability determination having been conducted by a disability examiner. This happens when the Social Security office needs to resolve an issue with regard to the disability application and, for whatever reason, has not been able to make contact with the claimant. These claimants are quickly sent a close-out letter and are effectively denied. This happens regularly with online filing, far less so with claims that have been filed at a local Social Security office.

3. Claimants who may be considering the online process because they have medical mobility or transportation issues should know that they can file with a local Social Security office and have their disability interview conducted over the phone. When a phone interview is taken, the accompanying paperwork is simply mailed to the claimant to sign and return.

4. Lastly, you cannot file an online SSI disability application at this time. As a need-based program, SSI involves other factors of entitlement that must be addressed in an interview by phone or in person at your local Social Security office.

Since claimants will not know in advance whether or not their claim will be for SSI, Social Security Disability, or will involve both SSD and SSI in the form of a concurrent claim (a high percentage of disability claims are concurrent), this may be problematic for claimants.

If you apply for disability online and do not hear from the Social Security Administration, you should call your local office. If additional information is needed to process your online disability application, the Social Security Administration will provide you with an appointment to review your online information. Note: This happens frequently; therefore claimants may wish to bypass the online process altogether.

Essential Questions

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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.