Program Description

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are paid to those who meet both conditions below:

  • Have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
  • Can't work because of a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or is likely to end in death.

General Program Requirements

Learn more on the Disability Benefits page.

Application Process

Visit the Disability Benefits: How You Apply page for details on how to apply.

To find out what other Social Security benefits you may qualify for, use the SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) on When you complete the questionnaire, you get a list of benefits to review. You can print this page for your records.

When you know which benefits you may apply for, visit the Apply for Social Security Benefits page to apply online. You can also call the phone number below to learn more about benefits and how to apply.

Last Updated: 09/14/2020