How do I file a claim for Social Security disability benefits?

A claimant can file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits three ways.

  1. Apply online by visiting the Social Security Administration’s  (SSA) website at  Follow the steps on the SSA’s website to properly complete the application.  If you need assistance with the online application, call toll-free 1-800-772-1213.
  2. You may apply in person at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office.  Call 1-800-772-1213 to set up an appointment to file a disability claim at your local SSA office.  A Disability Starter Kit may be mailed to you prior to your appointment.  Disability Starter Kits may be accessed on the SSA’s website.
  3. Applications may be completed by phone.  Call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 to submit your claim by phone.  Be prepared for about an hour phone interview with the SSA.  If you are a claimant that is deaf or hard of hearing, call toll-free 1-800-325-0778 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  

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