Check the status of an application for Social Security benefits at the Application Status Information webpage. Enter a valid Social Security number and the confirmation number of a received application to log in. The status displays when the application was received, any additional documentation requests, the location of the processing office and any decision on a submitted application.
The Social Security Administration website suggests contacting the nearest branch office in the event that the status of a benefit application cannot be checked online. It also provides, as of 2015, a toll-free number to contact the agency.
Navigate to the Application Status Information web page from the SSA.gov website by clicking on the FAQ heading at the top of the main webpage, then clicking the "Disability" button on the subsequent page. Click the FAQ link on the next page that says, "How do I check the status of a pending application for benefits," then click the "Status of Your Application" link.
The SSA manages benefits for disabled or retired U.S. citizens as well as their spouses and children. It also provides Medicare and Supplemental Security Income for qualifying individuals. The agency was formed on August 14, 1935, when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act.