Can I Apply For Social Security Benefits Online?

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In short, yes. With the increased reliance upon the Internet, even the federal government has made its Social Security applications available online. Applying online for Social Security disability is simple and easy. In most cases, there is no additional information to submit, and the electronic submission should not require extra, offline paperwork.

If you have any questions or doubts about your eligibility to file an online application, contact an experienced Fayetteville AR disability lawyer. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, practices in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area and helps clients submit Social Security applications and appeal denials.

How Do I Apply For Social Security Online?

You should be able to submit an application for Social Security online if all of the following are true:

  • You are at least 61 years and 9 months old;
  • You are not already receiving Social Security benefits;
  • You have not applied for retirement benefits in the past; and
  • You want your benefits to start within the next four months.

If all of these requirements apply to you, you should be able to submit an application online.

The general application can be found on the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s website. Always make sure that when you submit information like your Social Security number, you are on the correct, .gov website. The application starts with your personal information.

The online application conveniently allows you to save progress and resume at a later time, if you need to take a break or get help applying. After completion, the application will automatically submit to the SSA.

During the online application, applicants may be asked to submit additional documents. These documents could include:

Birth Certificate: The applicant’s original birth certificate. Alternate “proof of birth” requires two other legal documents that show an applicant’s age. Without an original birth certificate, an applicant needs original copies of the other legal documents. This may require visiting a Social Security office in-person instead of using only online services.

Proof of Citizenship: The applicant must show documentation of United States citizenship or lawful alien status. Many documents, like passports, birth certificates, etc. should work. For U.S. citizens born outside of the United States, a passport or certificate of naturalization are accepted. For Non-United States citizens, the SSA needs Department of Homeland Security certifications before they will approve benefits. These include green cards, alien registration numbers, and admission-departure records.

Military Service Documentation: If an applicant served in the military before 1968, they may be asked to submit a copy of their U.S. military service papers (such as a certificate of release or discharge from active duty).

Tax Forms: Applicants may need to submit a copy of their W-2, 1099, or other tax forms from the previous year.

How Do I Check My Social Security Application Status?

The status of a Social Security application is available online. The status of the application will show:

  • The date the SSA received the application;
  • Any required documents you still need to submit;
  • The local office processing the application; and
  • Whether the application has been accepted or rejected.

If for any reason the status of your application is not available online, contact your local Social Security office. There may have been a problem with your submission, or they may need additional documents.

If you have trouble completing your application, an attorney can help you fill out and submit your application. Despite the apparent ease of doing this yourself online, you may need help. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, often handles Social Security applications for clients. Having an attorney help you with your application, especially an application for disability benefits, can help ensure your application is accepted the first time.

If your application shows that it was denied, you may need to hire an attorney to help you get the benefits you should have been granted. Our attorneys can help fight the SSA to get a denial overturned. Especially for Social Security claims based on a disability, the process can be much more difficult, and the appeals process can be complicated. Having a Social Security attorney help you with your application and your appeal can help ensure that you get the benefits you need.

After your application is processed and are accepted, you should receive payments soon. These are paid out on a schedule decided by birth date:

  • Individuals who were born on the first through 10th should expect payment on the second Wednesday of every month.
  • Those born on the 11th through 20th should expect benefits on the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Those born on the 21st through 31st of the month should expect benefits on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

For a full Social Security benefits payment schedule, visit the SSA website.

A Social Security Attorney can Help File your Application

If you or a loved one needs assistance applying for Social Security benefits call Social Security disability lawyer Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law. Ken can help you with your initial filing or help you dispute and appeal a denial.  For a free consultation, call (479) 316-0438.

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