Applicants previously had to report in-person to a local Social Security Administration office to complete an application. However, today applicants can begin the process online. Claims can take approximately three to five months to process; therefore, starting the process as soon as possible is the best course of action.
Also, before you try to apply online, have the information necessary to speed up the process. Some information you will need include:
- Your age and social security number – you will need a social security card and driver’s license to prove these items.
- The names and contact information of any treating physicians, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers associated with your disability and medical condition.
- The names and dosage amounts of medications you are currently taking.
- Medical records – including physician, hospital, clinic and caseworker records.
- Laboratory test records and results.
- The summary of jobs you have worked in the past and a description of your duties and responsibilities.
- Any recent W-2’s you have or a federal tax return copy if you were self-employed.
- Proof of marriage – if your spouse is applying for benefits.
Because the online system is not always reliable, you may want to call your local SSA office to confirm receipt of your electronic application. It can take several hours, so calling the next day to make sure everything was transmitted is best.