Applying for disability can seem like a scary procedure, but remember that the sooner you get your application in, the sooner you will receive the help that you need. The following guide covers the four basic ways in which you can apply for disability.
You can complete and submit your entire disability application online at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityonline. The application is estimated to take between ten and thirty minutes, and can be saved at any point so that you can complete it at your own pace. If your disability prevents you from filing for yourself, you may have an authorized representative complete the application for you. To complete the application, you may need to provide your birth certificate, citizenship or naturalization papers, a copy of you military service papers (such as discharge or release papers), a copy of your W-2 forms from last year, and medical evidence. Your documents will be returned to you afterwards.
Apply in Person
Applying for disability in person can be done at your local Social Security office. To set up an appointment, call toll free 1-800-772-1213. Once your appointment is set up, you will be sent a Disability Starter kit to guide you through the application process. Make sure that you read your Disability Starter Kit thoroughly so that you know what to bring for your interview. Collecting the necessary documentation and information for your interview can be time consuming, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare for your interview. Bring all of the required documents to your interview and have your information organised and readily available to you.
Apply for Disability via Telephone
You can apply for disability via telephone by calling the toll free 1-800-772-1213 number. When you first call, you will be asked to choose a telephone interview time. Once you have set up your telephone interview, you will be sent the Disability Starter Kit, and should prepare for the interview in the same way you would if you were applying in person, so have your documents ready and all of your medical evidence information organized so that you can access it quickly and efficiently when you are asked a question that pertains to it.
Applying if you are Deaf
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can still apply via telephone, or call to set up your appointment via telephone by calling the toll free TTY number at 1-800-325-0778. Calls can be made between 7a.m. and 7p.m. on business days. If you have an authorized representative make the phone call for you, be sure that your representative is clear upon whether or not you will require the presence of an interpreter at your interview, as preparations may need to be made in advance to ensure that your local social security office has an interpreter present.
For a more complete list of documentation and medical evidence that you may need to provide, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityonline. The link will take you to the Social Security Application page, where upon you should click on “what will you need before you begin?”. Applying for disability is simple, and if you need assistance then there is no reason to wait.