This is the starting point to request a review of our medical decision about your eligibility for disability benefits. There are two parts to this Internet Appeal process: (1) an Appeal Request Internet form, and (2) an Appeal Disability Report that gives us more information about your condition. You can complete both forms online. To appeal online, the only form you are required to submit is an appeal request (Part 1). However, we encourage you to submit an Appeal Disability Report (Part 2) because it will give us more information about you and help us in processing your appeal. We estimate it will take 18 to 20 minutes, with an average of 19 minutes, to complete Part 1; and 15 to 45 minutes, with an average of 30 minutes, to complete Part 2. If you do not want to use the Internet to request your appeal, there are Other Ways to Request an Appeal or Complete a Disability Report.

Note: We use the term "claimant" to refer to the adult or child whose disability decision is being appealed.

To be able to use this Internet process, the claimant must:

  • Have applied for benefits
  • Have received a "Notice of Disapproved Claim", a "Notice of Reconsideration", or "Notice of Federal Reviewing Official Decision", and have the notice available when beginning this process. (If you do not know which notice you received, refer to About Your Notice.)
  • Disagree with the disability decision
  • Live in the United States or one of its territories.

If any of the above statements are not true, stop here and contact Social Security.

Completing the Internet Appeal Process

The first part of your appeal is the Appeal Request. The next five pages explain this request and help you get ready to provide the information we need. The sixth page is the Appeal Request form. We will ask you to provide information about your representative if you have one. You will be able to review the information you provide before sending it to us electronically. The Appeal Request is a short form and you must complete and submit it in a single session. You will not be able to come back to it later.

Part 2 of the two-part Internet process is completing the Appeal Disability Report. We will walk you through completion of this report right after you submit the Appeal Request. The Report asks you to tell us about any changes that have occurred since the claimant last completed a disability report. This includes information about the claimant´s condition, doctors or other medical sources and treatment, work activity and education. You do not have to complete this report all at once. Later we will tell you how to return to an Appeal Disability Report that you had started earlier.

To start the Internet Appeal Request and Disability Report process, select this button.

Already started an Appeal Disability Report? Then select this button.

If You Have Questions

Call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call our toll-free "TTY" number, 1-800-325-0778. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.

More Information about Disability and the Appeal Process

How the Disability Appeals Process Works
Your Right to Representation
Social Security's Definition of Disability for Adults
Social Security's Definition of Disability for Children
Internet Security Policy
Social Security's Accessibility Policy
Privacy Information
Information about Social Security's Disability Programs