How to Apply for SSI
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.
The Application Process
Once You've Applied
Once you've applied, we'll review your application to make sure you meet the basic requirements and contact you if we have any questions. We might request additional documents from you before we can process your application.
Look For Our Response
You’ll receive a letter in the mail with our decision.
Check The Status
Call us 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to check the status of the application.
Appeal A Decision
You have a right to appeal any decision we make about whether you’re entitled to payments. You must request an appeal in writing within 60 days of receiving our decision.
To learn more, visit Appeal A Decision.
Once You Start Receiving SSI
You must inform us of certain changes
You must report the changes listed here, because they may affect your eligibility for SSI and your payment amount.
When Do You Need to Report?
Report all changes that may affect your SSI as soon as possible and no later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the change occurred.
Reporting your income
You can report your income to us in writing, by phone, online, or through our Smartphone app. Visit our SSI Wage Reporting page to learn more.
Manage your SSI information with a my Social Security account
Once you are receiving SSI, your my Social Security account provides personalized tools. You can use my Social Security to: