How to Apply For Social Security Disability

How to Apply for Social Security Disability

There are three ways that you can apply for disability benefits: on the internet (online), in person, or on the telephone.

When you file a claim either in your local field office or by telephone, a Social Security representative will interview you and complete the application for disability benefits and the Adult Disability Report.

Even if you choose an application interview in person or on the telephone, you can greatly reduce your interview time as much as 50% by starting the process online. You can complete both the application for benefits and the Adult Disability Report online by going to:

You still need to keep your scheduled appointment with your local field office so a Social Security representative can review your information.

How to Apply Online

You can apply for disability via the internet by visiting

There are four (4) steps to apply online

1.  Review the Adult Disability Checklist.

2.  Fill out the Disability Benefit Application.

3.  Fill out the Adult Disability Report.

4.  Fill out the Authorization to Disclose Information Form and mail or take it to your Social Security Office.

How to Apply On the Phone

The first thing you should do is call Social Security’s toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to set up an appointment for someone to take your claim over the telephone. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call Social Security’s toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

The disability claims interview typically lasts from one to three hours, depending on how well prepared you are for the interview. If you schedule an appointment, Social Security will send you a Disability Starter Kit to help you prepare for your disability claims interview. The Disability Starter Kit also is available online at  For your information and convenience I will list much of the information you will need to gather below.

How to Apply In Person

Again, you should call Social Security’s toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office.  In the greater Pensacola area, you may call the Pensacola office directly at 1-877-505-4550.