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What information is needed to apply for Social Security disability benefits?

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Information necessary to complete the application for Social Security disability benefits includes the applicant's name, date of birth and information from the applicant's medical records. Bank account information, such as a routing and bank account numbers, may also be necessary.

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Individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits also need to provide their Social Security number, contact information, details regarding treatment for the medical condition and details on military services and employment during the previous 15 years. Applicants may also need to provide information regarding any workers' compensation they are receiving or plan to file for.

Applicants may also need to provide proof of eligibility, including a birth certificate, verification of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status, tax documents from the previous year and proof of any other compensation the applicant may receive. Original documentation is required for all documents with the exception of tax and medical records.

Individuals can apply for Social Security disability benefits if they are least 18 years old, are not receiving benefits and cannot work due to a medical issue that's expected to last at least a year or until the applicant's death. The documents can be mailed to the Social Security Administration or personally delivered, and are returned to the applicant after processing.

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