The process of applying for Social Security Income (SSI) entails several different steps depending on the type of SSI the applicant is seeking. In all cases, applicants must apply in-person or over the phone.
The application process for those with disabilities does involve some steps that applicants can take online, but they must follow these up with either a phone call or by making an appointment at their local Social Security Office. Elderly adults who are applying for SSI can call 1-800-772-1213 to begin their social security application process.
Handicap Lines Available
Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can call 1-800-325-0778. Applicants can also make an appointment to visit their local Social Security Office. Applicants can use the Social Security Office Locator page on the The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration to find out where their local office is.
Adults with Disabilities
Adults with disabilities must go through several steps when applying for SSI. An important first step is to review the Adult Disability Checklist located on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website. This checklist will provide a list of all the information the applicant will need to provide throughout the application process. The applicant should then make an appointment with his or her local Social Security office.
Apply Online for Disability Benefits
The SSA also provides an online form called the Apply Online for Disability Benefits page. This page is not an application but instead serves as a place to collect the information that will be needed to start the process of applying for SSI. After completing this page, a Social Security representative will contact the applicant by phone regarding any additional information that is needed for the application process.
Be Prepared for the Application Process
The application process requires a fairly extensive amount of information including the applicant’s name, date of birth and social security number as well as the names, dates of birth and social security numbers for any spouses the applicant may have had throughout his or her lifetime. The applicant will also need to provide information related to marriages such as the places and dates of marriage, dates of divorce, or date of spousal death, if applicable.
Have Your Medical Records Available
An adult with disabilities applying for SSI will also need to provide extensive information related to his or her medical condition or conditions. This information should include names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of treatment for all doctors, clinics and hospitals where the applicant received treatment. The applicant will also need to provide the names of all medications that he or she takes and the name of the doctor who prescribed said medications. The applicant should also provide a list of the names and dates of any medical tests he or she has undergone.
Be Prepared to Provide Detailed Employment and Earnings
The applicant will also need to list employment and earnings related information such as the names and addresses of any employers he or she worked for in both the previous and current year. The applicant should also list the annual earnings for these jobs. Other employment information needed during this process includes a list of up to five jobs that the applicant held in the 15 years before he or she became unable to work and information about any other benefits that the applicant will be filing for in addition to SSI, such as worker’s compensation.
Child Disability Starter Kit
The first step of applying for SSI for a child with disabilities is to review the Child Disability Starter Kit located on the SSA website. This kit provides information about the process of applying for SSI for children in addition to a worksheet that lists all the information needed for the application process. Applicants should also be sure to contact the SSA about income thresholds to ensure that the resources available to the child are within the allowed limits for receiving SSI.
The next step in the process is to complete the online Child Disability Report on the SSA website. This report will require the applicant to provide information about the child’s medical conditions, education and medical records. This report can also be completed over the phone or in-person. After completing this report, the applicant should contact the SSA so as to provide to complete the application process and provide any additional information needed.