Social Security Disability benefit decisions take at least three to five months, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration. The time frame varies based on factors such as disability type, whether an examination is necessary and the length of time it takes to secure medical evidence.
The Social Security Administration advises individuals to apply at least three months before they plan to use retirement benefits. Disability and retirement benefit application status information is available online at the official website for the Social Security Administration by clicking the Check Application Status link, under the Items of Interest heading at the bottom of the homepage. Access requires the applicant's Social Security number and confirmation number.