How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

Q: How Do I Apply?

A: To apply for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security Benefits and the Disability Report. You can also print the Disability Report, complete it and return it to your local Social Security office. Social Security may be able to process your application faster if you help them by getting any other information they need. While it is possible to apply on your own, we recommend seeking legal help at the outset. It can make the difference between a well presented claim that is successful, and one that is denied and must go through many months of appeals.

You can also apply on your own by calling the toll-free number, (816) 415-4560. Representatives there can make an appointment for your application to be taken over the telephone or at any convenient Social Security office.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call toll-free “TTY” number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.