The length of time it takes for a person to receive a disability award letter depends on how long an applicant's entire disability claim process takes, so there is not a specific time range, states Disability Secrets. The Social Security Administration's process involves reviewing the application the claimant submits at the state level, verifying eligibility in the forms of medical and nonmedical evidence and making the final award decision after further evaluation and processing at the federal level, notes the Social Security Administration.
Eligible claimants are awarded disability award letters after the Social Security Administration has made a decision, and this can happen following the initial application. However, it may require a reconsideration application if eligibility was first denied, notes Disability Secrets. Indicating the need for a court hearing on the claim can also make the process take longer.