Before you apply online for disability benefits, please review the Adult Disability Benefits Checklist to be sure you have everything you need.

Applying Online for Disability Benefits

There are four steps in the Online Disability Application Process:

  1. Provide Background Information,
  2. Provide Disability Information,
  3. Sign Medical Release, and
  4. Confirmation.

It may take you between one to two hours to complete all the steps in the application process.

You must complete each step before you move to the next step. However, you do not have to complete all the steps at once.

Completing The Online Disability Application Process

After you provide some of the background information, you will get a page with a Re-entry Number and other important information about your application.

You need to print the page with the Re-entry Number or write the number down. If you cannot complete the application process during your first visit, you can use your Re-entry Number to come back later.

The First Two Steps

The questions in the first two steps are divided into sections.

Saving Your Work

We automatically save your work each time you click "Next," "Previous," or "Save & Exit."

Finishing The Online Disability Application Process

The "Remarks" section at the end of Step 1 and Step 2 lets you enter additional information you want to include or cannot fit elsewhere.

Remember to "Review" your answers at the end of each step and use the "Edit" buttons to make any necessary changes before you submit your application.

When you select "Submit" at the end of Step 3, you will receive a "Confirmation" page. The page will include:

Note: If someone is completing the application for you, the page will not include a Confirmation Number or a link to an Electronically Signed Medical Release Form. However, the "Confirmation" page will still include a link to the Receipt.

We recommend that you print the "Confirmation" page, the "Receipt," and a copy of the medical release for your records.

Important: We will not contact you for additional information unless you have completed Step 1, "Provide Background Information," of the Online Disability Application Process.

Time Limits

For security reasons, there is a time limit for viewing each page. If you spend 25 minutes on a page without making any changes, you will receive a warning but you will be able to extend your time on that page.

We will give you two chances to extend your time on the page. If you receive a third warning, you must move to another page.

If you do not move to another page after the third warning, your time will run out and any work you did on that page will be lost.

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