Step 1 - How do you file an application for disability benefits?
As soon as you become disabled and are no longer able to work, you should file your application for disability benefits. You may do this in one of three ways!
1. Complete your application online.To file your disability application online, go to: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib.
2. Complete your application by phone.You may file your application by phone by calling 1-800-772-1213.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call 1-800-325-0778.
A representative from SSA will obtain information to file your disability application by phone. Typically, a representative will schedule you for an appointment to begin this process.
3. Apply in-person at your local Social Security office.Follow this link to find your local office: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.