How To Obtain Social Security Disability Records

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If you need to retrieve a copy of your social security disability records, you only need to follow a series of easy and straightforward steps. The process is very easy and requires little effort from you. After a brief period upon completing the steps, you should be receiving your social security disability records in your mailbox. This article will explain the steps that you need to take so that you can get your copy of your social security disability records.

Before you contact anyone to request for your social security disability records, prepare your basic personal information first. Besides your complete name, postal address, birth date, and telephone number, you will be required to provide your social security number, social security benefits you are enjoying, the amount of your monthly benefits, and the duration that you have been receiving your monthly benefits. Make sure you have the information ready. If needed, write it down so you can easily remember the information.

If you prefer to secure a copy of your social security disability records through the Internet, you can do so by visiting and browse the site for pages that may give you more specific information. Or, you can go directly to the Disability Benefits section of the site by typing on your browser’s address bar. On that page, click on the link for Information and Services for Current Beneficiaries. A new page will open. Scroll down the new page and look for the section “What You Can Do Online.” In that section, you will find a link labeled “Get a Form 1099/1042S -- Social Security Benefit Statement.” Click on that link and read through the information and reminders posted on the page that loads. Once you’re done reading the information, click any of the two buttons at the bottom of the page. You will probably want to press the “Request for Myself” button, then enter the required information and submit the form.

Take note that this online retrieval service is available only at specified hours during the week. The service is available from Monday to Friday from 5:00 AM until 1:00 AM. On Saturdays and holidays, it is online from 5:00 AM until 11:00 PM. On Sundays, the service is available from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
You may also request for a copy of your social security disability records over the telephone. Call the U.S. Social Security Administration’s national toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (or the TTY number at 1-800-325-0778, if you have hearing problems).

If you prefer to request for your records in person, drop in at the local SSA office in your area. You can search for the nearest SSA office in your area through the SSA website at On the left side bar, find the Contact Us link and click on it. It is located at the bottom of the list of links. Then, click on the link that says “In Person (find your local office).” Enter the five-digit U.S. Postal Service ZIP code of your area, then press the “Locate” button. Like the online retrieval service for your records, the office locator service is also available only during specified hours. The schedule is the same as that of the online retrieval service.

After you have successfully filed your request for your social security disability records, it usually takes around 10 days for your records to reach your mailbox (30 days for non-U.S. residents). If you need your copy in less than 10 days, you should contact the local Social Security Office in your area.

Getting a copy of your social security disability records is a breeze - but only if you know where and how to request for it. Now you do.


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