SSDI: Applying for disability benefits

Millions of Americans look for disability benefits because they’re unable to work. This can be in the form of SSI or SSDI, both geared toward Americans with disabilities.

social security cards with cash representing SSI and SSDI benefits

Reasons for seeking disability funding may vary, but one thing everyone has in common is they have some disability that will keep them from working.

Here is every thing you need to know to apply for the benefit.


Social Security: SSDI and SSI explained

Information you need to provide for SSDI or SSI benefits

You need to provide your Social Security number, as well as your birth date and location you were born.

If you’re married, you need your spouse’s name, SSN, date of birth, and age.

This is the case for your former spouse as well, and you’ll need the details of the marriage and divorce.

For any children, you’ll need to provide their date of birth and SSNs.

Your bank information must be provided in order to give you your payments if you’re approved.


Social Security: Getting benefits for your family members

Giving details surrounding your disability for SSDI

You’ll need to provide proof that you have a medical condition preventing you from working.

You need to give the contact information with address and name for someone that knows of your condition and can help with your application.

Any information on your illnesses, injuries and conditions must be provided.

You must provide

  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, ID numbers, and dates of treatment for doctors, hospitals, and clinics
  • Medication names and prescribers
  • Medical tests, when you had them, and who ordered them
  • Giving details on your work history for SSDI

SSDI and the Ticket to Work Program

You need to let the SSA know how much you earned for the prior and current years.

Name and addresses of your employers must be provided.

You’ll need to supply up to 5 jobs you held in the previous 15 years before becoming disabled.

If you receive worker’s compensation, have black lung benefits, or sought any other benefits you need to give the SSA that information.

Documents necessary for SSDI benefit applications

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship if you weren’t born here
  • Military discharge papers
  • W-2 forms
  • Medical evidence
  • Pay stubs, settlements, or award letters

You can apply online through your My Social Security Account, by phone, or by visiting your local Social Security Administration Office.