How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

Social security disability benefits

There are three ways to submit your application for SSD benefits.

If you believe you are unable to work due to a physical or mental impairment, you should get to work on submitting this application right away.

Waiting a long time to apply for benefits may cause you to lose payments that you genuinely need and deserve.

You can submit your application:

  • By going to your local SSA field office (use the SSA’s field office locator tool)
  • Calling the SSA’s toll-free number at (800) 772-1213
  • Submitting your application online by going to

Your application will not be complete unless you submit both your Adult Disability Report and Disclosure Authorization Form.

For more information, please see our pages on how you can increase the chances of success with your Social Security Disability application and seven costly mistakes to avoid.