SSI payments can also be made to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.
People who have worked long enough may also qualify to receive Social Security disability or retirement benefits as well as SSI. Find out if you are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits or Social Security retirement benefits.
How Do I Apply For SSI?
An adult with a disability or blindness
You may be able to file online for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Benefits, even if you aren’t sure of your eligibility. Once you complete the online process, a Social Security representative will contact you if we need additional information. Learn more on our Disability Benefits page.
If someone else submits the online application on your behalf, one of our representatives will contact you by phone to:
- Verify your intent to file.
- Confirm the information provided.
- Obtain any additional information needed.
- Offer you the opportunity to provide your verbal consent to sign the application.
We will mail you a paper copy of the Application Summary for your records. If you are unable to provide your verbal consent or choose not to, you will need to sign and return the Application Summary to your local office.
A child with a disability
Filing an SSI application for a child is a two-step process. First, complete the online Child Disability Report. Once you complete the online report, a Social Security representative will contact you by phone to complete the application process. Learn more on our Disability Benefits – Apply For A Child (Under Age 18) page.
A person age 65 and older
Social Security does not have an SSI online application for an adult who is age 65 or older. You can apply by phone or with your local office.
Apply By Phone
Call us to make an appointment to file your application at 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY 1-800-325-0778.
Apply With Your Local Office
Call to make an appointment with your local Social Security office.
Can I File An Appeal If My SSI Application Was Denied?
Yes, if we recently denied your SSI application, you can file an SSI appeal online. To learn more, visit Appeal A Decision.
What If I Already Receive SSI Payments?
A free and secure, my Social Security account provides personalized tools for everyone, whether you receive benefits or not. If you’re receiving SSI payments, you can use your personal my Social Security account to:
- Set up or change direct deposit.
- Opt out of mailed notices for those available online.
- Get a benefit verification letter.
- Request a replacement Social Security number card (in most states).
If you don’t have a personal, my Social Security account, creating one is easy, convenient, and secure. Sign In or Create an Account today!
Report Changes By Phone
Call us to report changes at 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY 1-800-325-0778.
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