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Do you have to schedule an in-office appointment when applying for Social Security benefits?

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To apply for Social Security retirement benefits, disability benefits or Medicare, applicants don't have to schedule an in-office appointment, as they can apply by phone or online. To apply for Social Security Supplemental Income benefits, applicants must do so in person.

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When applying for SSI benefits, applicants need to fill out Form SSA-8000-BK, Application for Supplemental Security Income. The applicant may also need to fill out Form SSA-3368-BK, Adult Disability Report or Form SSA-3820-BK, Disability Report-Child. Employees of the Social Security Administration assist applicants in determining the types of forms and other paperwork needed with the application.

The Social Security Administration's website has a search tool to allow applicants to locate the Social Security office closest to them.

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