If you have an eligible disability, you may be able to receive assistance from the Social Security Administration in the form of SSDI. To receive SSDI benefits, you must have recent work history where you paid Social Security taxes.
To apply for SSDI, you have four different options.
Apply via internet
One of the most common ways to apply for SSDI is through the internet application. To apply online, navigate to the Apply for Benefits page. After you agree to the Terms of Service, you will see all the information you need to apply. Make sure you have all the necessary documentation before starting the application. If the SSA requires any extra information, they will contact you after you submit the application.
Apply in person or by phone
If you feel uncomfortable using online services or do not have the resources to apply online, you can go to your local Social Security office. An agent will help you apply. You can also call an agent and apply via phone. If you do not live in the U.S., you must contact the Federal Benefits Unit for the country you live in.
Apply by mail
While you may not be able to send in your application through the mail, you may have to submit extra documents through the mail. When you send in your documents, include your social security number and do not write anything on your original documents. The social security number allows the office to match the paperwork to your application.
You may have a third-party representative prepare your application if you need to.