How Do You Apply for SSI?

To apply for SSI, call the Social Security Administration and schedule an appointment, gather and submit required documentation about your disability, and file your application. Appointments can be conducted over the phone in person at a local Social Security office.

  1. Call the Social Security Administration to schedule an appointment

    As of 2015, the toll-free number for the Social Security Administration is 1-800-772-1213 (or TTY 1-800-325-0778 for the deaf). Call and set up an appointment. An individual can apply for benefits over the phone or in person at the local Social Security office. He can apply for benefits without an appointment at a local office, but there may be a long wait.

  2. Gather the necessary documents

    The Social Security Administration needs some documents to complete the application. The documents needed are a social security card, proof of age, proof of citizenship, proof of income, proof of resources, proof of living arrangement, all medical records and work history.

  3. File the application

    These applications are made to be filled out by a representative with the Social Security Administration. Once all of the information has been gathered at the appointment and filled in accordingly, the application complete. The Social Security Administration then reviews the application and notifies the applicant in writing of their decision.