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How to Apply for Social Security Benefits?

To apply for Social Security Disability Benefits, you can either schedule an interview or apply online.

If you prefer to file in-person, you must first schedule an interview with the Social Security Administration. This can be done by calling 1-800-772-1213.

What You Will Need

When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be prepared to provide the Social Security Administration with various pieces of information. The information you will need to provide includes:

  • An original or certified copy of your birth certificate
  • Your most recent wage documents such as a W-2 form and pay stub from when you last worked
  • A list of ALL medical providers that have treated you for your disability, including their name, address and telephone numbers
  • Copies of any medical records in your possession documenting treatment for your disability

If you prefer to file online, you will have to follow a 4-step process.

What You Will Need

When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be prepared to provide the Social Security Administration with various pieces of information. The information you will need to provide includes:

DISABILITY APPLICATION

  • Military Service discharge information (Form DD 214) for all periods of active duty.
  • W-2 Form (or your IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE if self-employed) from last year.
  • Social Security Number(s) for your spouse and minor children.
  • Checking or savings account number and bank routing number, if you want Direct Deposit for your benefit checks.

DISABILITY REPORT

  • Name, address and phone number of someone we can contact who knows about your medical conditions and can help with your claim.
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers, and dates of treatment for all doctors, hospitals, and clinics.
    NOTE: You may want to refer to any Medical Records you have.
  • Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them.
    NOTE: You may want to have your medicine bottles available.
  • Names and dates of medical tests you have had and who sent you for them.
  • Types of jobs and dates you worked for your last 5 jobs.
  • Information about any insurance or workers’ compensation claims you filed, such as claim number and name, address and phone number of insurance company.

After you have gathered the above information, you can then fill out the online Disability Benefit Application and the Adult Disability Report.  You must then fill out, sign and mail or take the Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration to your local Social Security office.

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