There are two ways to apply for disability benefits:
- Call or visit a local Social Security office but make sure you have an appointment before you visit the office. See the list of documents you need to bring with you or mail letter to SSA by clicking here.
If your case is accepted by the Utah-based attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group, we will handle much of the application process, with your assistance. If you would like to explore this option, contact us through our website or call our main office: (801) 890-1030.
Steps to Apply Online
- Review the Adult Disability Checklist
- Fill out the Disability Benefit Application
- Fill out the Adult Disability Report
- Fill out the Authorization to Disclose Information Form and mail or take it to your Social Security Office.
How do I apply online?
Follow these 4 simple steps:
- Step 1—Go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/ and select “Apply for Disability.”
- Step 2—Fill out the Disability Benefit Application.
- Step 3—Answer the questions on the Adult Disability Report.
- Step 4—Mail or take the requested documents to your local Social Security office.
For the Disability Benefit Application, you should have:
- Your Social Security number;
- An original or certified copy of your birth certificate and, if you were born in another country, we also need proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency;
- If you were in the military service, the original or certified copy of your military discharge papers (Form DD 214) for all periods of active duty;
- Your W-2 Form from last year or, if you were self-employed, your federal income tax return (IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE);
- Direct deposit numbers (from a check, or ask your financial institution for the numbers) to have your monthly benefits deposited automatically; and
- Information about any workers’ compensation claim you have filed, including date of injury, claim number, and proof of any payments made to you
For the Adult Disability Report, you should have:
- The name, address, and phone number of someone who knows about your condition and can help with your claim;
- Information about your illnesses, injuries, and conditions, including dates of treatment, and patient ID numbers; and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the medical providers who treated you;
- Names and dates of medical tests you have had and who requested the tests;
- Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them;
- Medical records that you already have; and
- A list of up to five jobs and dates you worked during the last 15 years.
Do I have to finish all the questions in one session?
No. If you need more time, you can save the information you entered and then stop. SSA will give you separate re-entry numbers for the Disability Benefit Application and the Adult Disability Report that you can enter when you want to return to answer the rest of the questions. Without your specific re-entry number you will have to start the application over again.
What if I can’t answer everything?
Even if you are unable to answer all the questions on the Adult Disability Report, you may still submit it to the SSA. The SSA will help you receive the missing information. However, submitting an incomplete form will likely result in a slowed response. Finally, make sure you complete the Disability Benefit Application and select the “Submit Now” button.
What happens next?
The SSA will ask you to sign a medical release form (SSA-827) that allows SSA to obtain information from your doctors. You can do this electronically as part of your Adult Disability Report, or you can print, sign and send the form to your Social Security office.You will be able to print a cover sheet that you can use to send the SSA a signed medical release and any medical records you already have in your possession. SSA will contact you if they need more information about your claim.
Why should I apply online?
Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:
- You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment;
- You can apply from the convenience of your own home where most of your documentation is any how or on any computer;
- If you don’t have the answer to a question, you can stop your application and return later at a time convenient for you. Otherwise you would have to schedule another appointment to return to the Social Security office; and
- You avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.
Who can use the online application?
You can use the online application to apply for benefits if you:
- are age 18 or older;
- have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify; and
- have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.
Applying For Children
To apply for a child, please go to Applying for Disability Benefits for Children.
If your application has recently been denied, the Internet Appeal is a starting point to request a review of the decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.