How to Apply for Supplemental Security Income

   If you are dealing with a disabling condition or illness and unable to work, you may qualify for assistance from the Social Security Administration. Supplemental Security Income is available from the SSA for individuals who have a disability, are unable to work, and have low income and resources. This page discusses how to apply for SSI benefits if you qualify.

    The application for Supplemental Security Income benefits is slightly different than the application for Social Security Disability benefits. An SSI applicant does not need work credits to get disability benefits and a representative needs to evaluate their resources before approval. Because there are different requirements, the SSI application includes an interview on the telephone or in person.

 

What to Submit with an Application

   Anyone applying for disability benefits needs to complete the Adult Disability Report online. It evaluates your condition to make sure that you meet the disability requirements. At the end of the report, you are asked to sign a form that gives your doctor permission to send documents and records to the SSA about your disability.

   The final step of the SSI application is an interview with a representative from the Social Security Administration. Call 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment to speak with a representative. You can reach someone at this number between 7 am and 7 pm, Monday through Friday. When you call, have your Social Security Number ready.

 

Documents Needed

    When you apply, there are many documents you need in order to prove your disability or income level. These include:
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of age (birth certificate)
  • Citizenship record (such as birth certificate, passport, or certificate of citizenship)
  • Proof of income (if applicable, bring pay stubs, tax returns, award letters, or bank statements)
  • Proof of resources (bank statements; deeds; insurance policies; certificates of deposit, stocks, or bonds; titles or registrations for vehicles)
  • Proof of living arrangements (lease; deed; household cost information such as utilities; names, birthdays, and social security numbers of household members)
  • Medical information (if filing as blind or disabled, bring medical reports; names, addresses, and phone numbers of doctors who treated you; dates of treatment; names of medications)
  • Work history (job title, business type, employer's name, dates worked, schedule, pay rate, description of responsibilities)

   The representative you meet with will want to see all of these documents in their original form, not photocopies. You may be able to get a certified copy from any office that issued an important document, so it is important to sort this out before your meeting. 

   These two steps in the application process may seem simple, but they are extensive. Apply for SSI as soon as you qualify in order to get your benefits as soon as you can.

    Applying for disability benefits can be overwhelming. To avoid stress and delays, apply and prepare early. A disability lawyer at the Coye Law Firm can help guide you through an appeal and get the important benefits. Call our offices today.  

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