Program Description

Are you the disabled widow(er) of a spouse who worked long enough to earn Social Security credits? If so, you may qualify for benefits.

Learn more on the Disability Benefits: Benefits For Disabled Widows Or Widowers page.

General Program Requirements

As a disabled widow(er), you may qualify for benefits if you meet the conditions below:

  • You are between ages 50 and 60.
  • You meet the definition of disability for adults.
  • Your disability started before or within seven years of your spouse's death.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

Application Process

Visit the Benefits For Disabled Widows or Widowers page for details on how to apply.

If you want to apply for disability benefits as a survivor, call one of the phone numbers below to make an appointment.

To find 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 numbers below to learn more about Social Security benefits or to set up an appointment.

Last Updated: 09/14/2020