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Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

In Benefits Application Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, Financial Resources, News by Beth Storch

New at Social Security — you can now apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) online. This adds to the growing list of things you can do on Social Security’s website!

What’s New

  • You can submit a disability and SSI application together. This should speed up the process and allow you to start receiving benefits sooner.
  • You can set up an appointment online for an in-person claim, or by telephone in the language of your choice.  This is part of Social Security’s service expansion for customers with limited English proficiency.

To apply online visit the Social Security Administration’s website.

Requirements to Apply Online

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

To apply for SSDI, you need to be 18 years of age or older. You must:

  • not be currently receiving Social Security benefits.
  • be unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
  • not have been denied disability benefits in the last 60 days.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

To apply for SSI online, you need to be between the ages of 18 and 65 and you must:

  • have never been married.
  • not be blind.
  • be a U.S. citizen residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • have not applied for or received SSI benefits in the past.

Anyone can still apply for SSI by phone or in person.

Once you submit your application electronically, Social Security will process it and contact you if any further information is needed. If you prefer, you can still schedule an appointment with your local Social Security office to file an application in person. And, of course, you can also continue to work with a benefits specialist.

More Social Security Website Resources

The Social Security website has a lot of information worth checking out. You can download the brochure on Disability Benefits, find helpful resources, read stories of people who receive benefits, and find answers to these questions:

  • Who can apply for adult disability benefits online?
  • How do I apply for benefits?
  • What information do I need to apply for benefits?
  • What documents do I need to provide?
  • What are the advantages of applying using the online disability application process?
  • What happens after I apply?
  • What other ways can I apply?

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