Apply for Disability Benefits

  1. Review the Adult Disability Checklist
  2. Complete the Disability Benefit Application
  3. Complete the Adult Disability Report
  4. Complete the Authorization to Disclose Information form (SSA-827). You can do this electronically as part of your Adult Disability Report or print and mail the form to your Social Security Office.
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Why should I apply online?

Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:

  • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment;
  • You can apply from the convenience of your own home or on any computer; and
  • You avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.

Who can use the online application?

You can use the online application to apply for benefits if you:

  • are age 18 or older;
  • are not currently receiving benefits on your own Social Security record;
  • have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify; and
  • have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.


To apply for a child, please go to Applying for Disability Benefits for Children.

If your application has recently been denied, the Internet Appeal is a starting point to request a review of our decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.

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What about SSI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources.

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