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Has applicant been, or expect to be, out of full-time work for at least 12 months (earning under $980 in payroll checks per month)?

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How to Apply for Social Security Disability

To apply for SSI benefits, you can:

Complete the Adult Disability Report or the Child Disability Report online, and schedule an appointment to complete the SSI application; or

Schedule an appointment with your local office to complete the application process.

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Social Security Applications Cannot be Completed Online


Only the Disability Reports can be completed online. The Social Security Administration does not have an online application for SSI benefits. But you can complete an online Adult Disability Report which is part of the application process. You must complete the application process at your local office.

To schedule an appointment with your local office, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Disability Determination Services

SSA will review your application to make sure you meet some basic requirements for disability benefits and evaluate any current work activities. If you meet these requirements, the social security administration will send your application to the Disability Determination Services office in your state.

This state agency completes the disability decision for the Social Security Administration. Doctors and disability specialists in the state agency ask your doctors for information about your condition. They will consider all the facts in your case. They will use the medical evidence from your doctors and hospitals, clinics or institutions where you have been treated and all other information. They will ask your doctors:

What your medical condition is;

When your medical condition began;

How your medical condition limits your activities;

What the medical tests have shown; and

What treatment you have received.

They also will ask the doctors for information about your ability to do work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, lifting, carrying and remembering instructions. Your doctors are not asked to decide if you are disabled.

The state agency staff may need more medical information before they can decide if you are disabled. If more information is not available from your current medical sources, the state agency may ask you to go for a special examination. The social security administration prefers to ask your own doctor, but sometimes the exam may have to be done by someone else. Social Security will pay for the exam and for some of the related travel costs.


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