Published on: February 18, 2016
The Social Security Administration has a rich history rooted in the mid 1930’s; just last year they celebrated their 80th anniversary. The SSA has progressed over the past decades to keep up with the times and accommodate newer technologies and processes making it more convenient for their applicants and benefit recipients.
rior to 1994, you would have to apply for disability benefits in person or by mail. On May 17, 1994, the SSA started primarily offering information and resources online for the various programs they offer. Just two short years later, visitors were able to download and submit a variety of Social Security forms on the site. As technology continued progressing, the SSA’s online processes did too; they began accepting retirement claims online directly through their website.
Between 2012 and 2014, the Social Security Administration unveiled their new online portal for beneficiaries. This portal offered online access to users statements and Social Security documents, including proof of benefits documents.
How to Keep Track of Your Disability Application
Now, more than half of all retirement claims are filed online-- so how do you keep track of all your files and documents that you’ve submitted online?
The internet is like a virtual library and everything you click on, search and do is traceable. Social Security has made so many of their functions and processes available to you online, so you can access your information, applications and forms from the comfort of your own home.
You can apply for disability benefits online by going to the SSA 's website. If you are applying online, you may need to provide a few documents including:
- Birth Certificate
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- W-2 forms
The benefit of applying online is that you can track your the progress of your uploaded documents and status of your application at your convenience online. After you have submitted your online application, the SSA will:
- Send confirmation of your application submission electronically or via post
- Review your application
- Contact you if they need more information or documentation
- Let you know whether other family members can receive benefits on your record, or whether you can receive benefits on another person’s record.
- Process your application
- Mail their decision to you
If you have already applied online and want to find out the status of your application, you can click on the Benefits tab on the ssa.gov homepage, then click on apply online for disability. From there, you will be directed to a page where you can either click on the check application status button at the bottom of the screen to track the progression of your documents and application.
You may also find it beneficial to create a “My Social Security” account to:
- Access to your statements
- Verify your earnings
- Manage your benefits
Setting up your online account takes five short minutes of your time, and all you need is:
- Valid email address
- Social Security number
- Mailing address
- Be at least 18 years old
Need Assistance? Hire a Professional
Applying for disability benefits online can be difficult between finding the appropriate application page and gathering all the necessary documents the SSA requires. There is no need to add the stress of applying for disability benefits to your already sensitive condition. Hire an experienced and compassionate disability advocate to help you get the benefits you deserve.