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  How do I apply for disability benefits?

How do I apply for disability benefits?

Can I file for Disability benefits online?



Yes, you can apply for disability benefits online. The Disability Starter Kit will help you get ready for your disability interview or help you complete the online application. Kits are available in English and Spanish for adults and for children under age 18.

The starter kit provides information about the specific documents and the information that we will request from you. We will ask for more details during the disability interview or when you complete the online Child or Adult Disability Report Form.

The kits also provide general information about the disability programs and our decision-making process that can help take some of the mystery out of applying for disability benefits.

Each Disability Starter Kit contains a:

  • Fact sheet that answers questions most people ask about applying for disability benefits,
  • Checklist of documents and information we will request, and
  • Worksheet to help you gather and organize the information you will need for your disability interview or to complete the online forms.

At this time, you cannot complete an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability online. If you are filing for SSI disability, you can complete the Disability Report Form online. You can view the fact sheet and checklist in the Disability Starter Kit to see what information you will need and the kinds of questions we will ask when you have your disability interview in your local Social Security office or over the phone.

If you have further questions, call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY, 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment and we will help you in person or by phone. Or, you can visit your local office.

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