§ 405.315. Time and place for a hearing before an administrative law judge.

(a) General. The administrative law judge sets the time and place for the hearing. The administrative law judge will notify you of the time and place of the hearing at least 75 days before the date of the hearing, unless you agree to a shorter notice period. If it is necessary, the administrative law judge may change the time and place of the hearing. If the administrative law judge changes the time and place of the hearing, he or she will send you reasonable notice of the change.

(b) Where we hold hearings. We hold hearings in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.

(c) Determination regarding in-person or video teleconference appearance of witnesses at the hearing. In setting the time and place of the hearing, the administrative law judge will determine whether you or any other person will appear at the hearing in person or by video teleconferencing. If you object to appearing personally by video teleconferencing, we will re-schedule the hearing to a time and place at which you may appear in person before the administrative law judge. If you object to any other person appearing by video teleconferencing, the administrative law judge will decide whether to have that person appear in person or by video teleconference. Section 405.350 explains how you and witnesses appear and present evidence at hearings. Except when you object to appearing by video teleconferencing as described below, the administrative law judge will direct that a person's appearance will be conducted by video teleconferencing when:

(1) Video teleconferencing technology is available,

(2) Use of video teleconferencing technology would be more efficient than conducting an examination of a witness in person, and

(3) The administrative law judge does not determine that there is another reason why video teleconferencing should not be used.