Supplemental Security Income applications now online

woman sitting on a laptopWe’re always looking for ways to provide you with innovative, quality services, and with our newest online enhancement, we’re proud to be doing just that. Now, if you meet certain requirements, you can file Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and disability applications online at the same time.

You can apply online if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65;
  • Have never been married;
  • Aren’t blind;
  • Are a U.S. citizen residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands; and
  • Haven’t applied for or received disability or SSI benefits in the past.

If you started another application online before April 1, but haven’t submitted it, you can take advantage of this new service option and submit a disability and SSI application together.

With this update, we are expanding service to customers with limited English proficiency by allowing them to request an appointment online for an in-person claim or teleclaim in the language of their choice.  As we provide this new service in many languages, including Spanish, we are discontinuing the separate Spanish language iClaim option.  Applicants who started and saved an iClaim in Spanish can still enter the portal and complete it for up to six months after the claim start date.

With disability, and now SSI, benefit applications online, we’re providing easier and more convenient services to support you through life’s journey.


76 thoughts on “Supplemental Security Income applications now online

  1. I am already on disability and receiving benefits but I am now divorced and have been divorced since May 16,2017 and I have not been able to make it to a social security office to give the information needed to yall.

    • Hi Joanna. Beneficiaries have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect their eligibility for Social Security benefits. You can report changes by telephone, mail, or in person. But remember, never post personal information on social media. If you are unable to visit your local servicing office, you may call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

          • If the countable Disability income is low enough a person could qualify for SSI benefits under the supplemental program for the elderly. The spouses income is part of the equation.

      • Hi June. Unfortunately, if a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they will not be eligible for disability benefits. You may want to check and see if she is eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help pay for medication that Medicare does not cover. You can get information about services in your area from your local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

    • Hi Louann. Individuals age 65 or older, will need to complete their Supplemental Security Information (SSI) application at their local Social Security office. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, on the other hand, are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. For more information on the difference between Social Security disability and SSI, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this information helps.

  2. I am having trouble entering my name and password on “my account”. Is there someone who can help me resolve this problem? I cannot seem to find a site to help me remove this issue.

    • Hi, Rexana. We are sorry you’re having difficulty with your personal my Social Security account. For assistance, please call 1-800-772-1213. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions to read information on why you may be unable to create or to access your account. We hope this helps!

  3. Hi,
    God grace you.I am very miserable life which I was not expected to come in the U.S.A.Neither I got Disability beneefits, Nor I have not got unemployment benrfits, Now tell you please where should I go .wheather should go under the Rail-lines or under the any other system in this country.what should we do ,to whome we should tell our story.No one is here to listen.
    sincerely .

    • I’d highly recommend taking a remedial English class at your local adult education center and then maybe someone would know what you are talking about.

        • No I agree …. why should this person come to our country and expect us to take care of them ….. come with some skills …… like a good understanding of the English language and a trade.

      • I agree .. why would you come to this country and expect to be taken care of. You should have learned our language and come to this country with a trade. We are not an ATM for immigrants, there are taxpayers behind those benefits that have to work extremely hard.

  4. I am sick and need my disability very much. My court date is already set up. I had a stroke and my hearing is bad. I was denied in 2015.

  5. yes in USA always something just bareley disqualifies me from any financial or social benefits
    always a catch in this country — its almost humorous

    • Funny you should say that; apparently you haven’t seen the vast majority of posts complaining about how it’s so “easy” to get disability benefits that anybody who just doesn’t want to work gets them in order to take “hard-working” people’s tax dollars. They think no one should get Social Security disability, that it’s just a “hand-out.” I guess they’d prefer that disabled people just shut up and die already. But then, that’s what Congress and Trump think too, by the way; Paul Ryan even said it in those exact words only two days ago (except for the “shut up” part. He said they should just go ahead and die. The henhouse is now being run by the hungry foxes, and they’re preparing for an incredible feast.

  6. When will you allow married people to apply online for SSI? Also, when will you allow people that have applied previously for SSI to apply online/

    • It would be really nice if everyone could use this service that needs it. Also, if there could be an option at the end of the application to upload medical records or other documents that would be a huge help as well. Thanks!!!

      • If SSA allowed people to submit their own medicals bypassing the medical sources, fraud would rule the day. You sign releases so they can get the information or you can go into the office with your documents. Before you are approved for SSI you must go into the office anyway for an interview. A face to face interview is mandated for all welfare programs.

    • Thanks so much for your questions Thomas. We take the security of the public’s information very seriously, and continually use a proactive approach to improve the security of our online services. We’re always looking for ways to provide you with innovative, quality services, and to further improve the services we offer. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

      • Can you tell me if it is necessary to hire an attorney who will be able to guide me to the best possible income benefit or will Social Security be honest and able to help me with that. I want to retire at 62. I am aware that my benefits will be reduced. I also have a State of Florida pension that I can start to collect at that age as well. Will my social security retirement check be reduced because of my state retirement check? Thank you for your response in advance.

        • Hi Lisa. Please bear in mind that the decision on when to apply for retirement benefits is a personal one. As is the choice to use a representative when conducting business with Social Security. We can only provide you with the information to help you make the best choice according to your own situation. You can find most of the information you need in our website: Also, a pension based on work that is not covered by Social Security (for example, Federal civil service and some State or local government agencies) may cause the amount of your Social Security benefit to be reduced. Please visit our Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) web page for more information. To help you plan for the future, you can use our Retirement Planner and you can also create a my Social Security account to verify your earnings, get your Social Security Statement, and much more. We hope this information helps!

    • First off you need ti take an english class at a community rec center or perhaps a tutor. No one will be able to help you if they cant understand you. From your comment it makes no sense what is “gambing?” Or “gate proces?”
      Are you an american citizen who has contributed to social security to qualify for benefits?

  7. People,
    You can go on-line to social to obtain all the information needed to apply if meet requirements. However, when a person is in retirement age (66.5 yrs.) They are entitled to collect this money after all, the contributions to social security are mandatory deductions via the individual’s payroll check. And no! This is not welfare.

  8. I need to apply for S.S.I.,Do I qualify?I’m 61yrs old and can’t work,I’ve got a disease on my left foot called Charcot,where the top bones falls to bottom and no remedy, unless surgery,I use Crow boot sometimes when my foots’ in pain

    • You can apply for disability benefits online, which is quick and easy. You can also apply by calling our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or you can contact your local Social Security office directly. Also, we respond to questions and provide general information through our Blog and Facebook page. If you have a general question, we encourage you to ask here. But remember, never post personal information on social media. Thanks!

  9. I am 67 now and received limited income of my social security benefit, can I apply for SSI, do I qualify to apply for SSI if I only received under $800 a month retirement benefit

    • Unfortunately , while you would be able to apply for SSI aged benefits after full retirement age, your monthly income may exceed the income cap for people who get both benefits at the same time. I’m not sure about states who supplement SSI but in those who do not the 2017 cap is $755.

    • Hi Connie, The monthly maximum Federal amounts for 2017 are $735 for an eligible individual, $1,103 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse. Some States supplement SSI benefits.
      Also, see Income Exclusions for SSI Program for more information. To see if you qualify, or if you have specific questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak with one of our representatives. We hope this helps!

  10. This is a pathetic excuse for the customer service that SSA should and would be providing if Congress had not strangled its administrative budget. I called SSA and asked for an appointment at my local office. I was told that all appointments in their appointment calendar were booked. I also asked for the phone number for the local office. When I called my call was dropped without being answered. SSA is in crisis mode and suggesting that people apply online for SSI is just putting a bandaid on a severed artery – no help at all.

  11. Social security is the biggest joke i agree what people say about disability process ive paid in over 58.000 been driving school bus 27 yrs i loose my vision and have ra so days i cant do anything its been 3 yrs and just got denied again and was told i can work as a greeter at walmart or at a fast food restarant i was told yesterday it would take 26 months to get another hearing i had one last year and same thing why are we forced to pay and cant get it back just what i was forced to pays im homeless and no food now makes me mad when others get it and never worked or are on it working and doing the samething that ssi said that they couldnt do and was givin ssi i want info on how to get to top person in charge .

    • Hi David. We are sorry to hear about your medical condition and that your application for disability benefits did not go the way you had hoped. To submit your comment, complaint or suggestion, you can write to us or send us an email message. Thanks.

  12. After reading some of these very rude and uncalled for comments I would like to suggest that SSA put a disclaimer on here that ONLY SSA individuals marked with the SSA logo should be listened to. As an SSA retiree who also had my own business to assist disabled individuals with their claims I am appalled and thoroughly disgusted with the mean rhetoric and rudeness and hate exhibited by some of these posters. Not only that but many times they give misinformation out. While there are good and bad employees within the agency just like there is in any business this rhetoric here is reprehensible and uncalled for. Social Security offices also have many multilingual employees and will obtain an interpreter if needed. I have also lived in a foreign country where we learned the language but this bashing someone because their English isn’t superior is unacceptable. Thank you for all you do SSA. You make a difference in so many lives and I for one will never vote for anyone who is out to gut Social Security.

    • Thank you for sharing Chris, and thank you for your years of service to the public. Our blog — Social Security Matters — gives readers information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms. Please be aware that our official agency responses will always include the Social Security Administration (SSA) seal, and that we have an official social media team dedicated to posting messages and responses to customer inquiries or comments that specifically address SSA issues. Our blog encourages discussion and offers important retirement and disability-related solutions. While we welcome general participation from all of our followers, we ask all participants to please be considerate and polite to others when posting comments. Thank you for your support and for using our blog.

  13. Hi, I am 61 years old and living in Goose Creek, SC. I get diabetes and lost aproximaly 85% of left eye capacity. I am working in a restaurant kitchen as a dishwasher. I'm working seven to eight hours a day for five days consecutives. The kitch on said:


    I am 61 years old and living in Goose Creek, SC.
    I get diabetes and lost aproximaly 85% of left eye capacity.
    I am working in a restaurant kitchen as a dishwasher. I’m working seven to eight hours a day for five days consecutives. The kitchen is a very pace environment, for this reason, the blood sugar level drop dramatically during the day, make me Dizzy and I have to eat anything immediately to avoid serious problems.
    I also get spine issue and asthma.
    I am a very weak man but, I do not want any special favor from the Government to stay in home to watch tv.
    I want your help with information:
    I would like a retirement when turn 62, next month, May and I want still working until forever, how can I apply and what do I need for that?
    Also, I need to know if there is any Government Program that can help me to buy a house or a rent to buy.
    I am a homeless, I am living in my car and I am very tired to live like that.
    I need a special readind glasses and an affordable doctor to take care of my health.
    That is all I need to survive!
    Sorry take your time,
    The best for your life,

    • Hi Everaldo, you can still work and receive your Social Security retirement benefits at the same time. However, if you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, this can reduce the number of payments you receive through the year. For 2017 that limit is $16,920. If you apply for benefits at age 62, and work part-time thereafter you will be considered “retired” only if your monthly earnings are $1,410 or less. You can use our earnings test calculator to see how your earnings could affect your benefit payments, or see “How We Deduct Earnings From Benefits”. To learn more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page or read our publication: “How Work Affects Your Benefits”. Our system is set up to take applications three months in advance. When you are ready, you can complete the online application for your Social Security retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. You may want to create a My Social Security account to review your earnings record and get an estimate of your future benefits. Also, you may want to check and see if you are eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help pay for your medical needs. You can get information about services in your area from your local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this helps.

  14. I´ve been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, under the adult listings in Disability Evaluation Under Social Security it’s : 14.09. It affects my fingers, wrists, toes, ankles, shoulders and knees.
    Currently I´m living overseas and would like to know if I´m able to apply online. Would this office need to contact the doctor that is treating me in this country?
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for using our blog to communicate with us Maria! You can apply and complete the process online even if you live outside the United States. We recommend that for assistance related to Social Security benefits, please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this helps!

  15. Mr. Fernandez, Is Guam part of this system? How can we find my father worked records for his Social Security benefits when he was working in Guam during the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the U.S. Navy and later U.S.Department of Interior and the Military base in Kwajalein. The Marshall Islands from 1950 to 1977.

    We look forward to hearing online soon

    Please, Help!

    Thank you very much.

  16. My husband is 78. I receive a partial benefit based on being married to him. I also receive An Annuity from working over 35 years federal service. If my husband passes before I do, will I receive the full benefit that he is getting right now?

    • Thank you for your question Carmen. Survivors benefits are paid at a higher rate and you will have to contact us to see if you qualify for a higher benefit amount. Keep in mind that the Government Pension Offset also affects (reduce), your Social Security widow’s benefits.

  17. A friend just tried to file a SSI application online and was told she’d have to send in a paper application. Is SSA SURE that it’s online application application is functioning properly?

    • The site to apply online for disability benefits appears to be up and running. Please keep in mind that you are eligible to file online for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but only if you:
      • Are between the ages of 18 and 65;
      • Have never been married;
      • Aren’t blind;
      • Are a U.S. citizen residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands;
      • Haven’t applied for or received SSI benefits in the past; and
      Are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance at the same time as your SSI claim.
      You can schedule an appointment with your local office by calling us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanks!

  18. Hello. Why is one of the requirements “Have never been married”? What if you were married and then divorced and you now have no income due to many health issues and not enough working credits over the past 10 years to collect disability? Thank you

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