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How to check the status of a disability claim online

Updated March 21, 2017

There is nothing more tedious than waiting for government disability claims that can sometimes take months to process. Some claims that are denied can wind themselves through the appeals process for years. For this reason, the Social Security Administration provides an online portal to check the status of your application, check for paperwork requests from your case worker, review and correct information errors and send miscellaneous messages regarding your application.

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  1. Go to the Social Security Administration website (see reference 1).

  2. Locate the section titled "What You Can do Online."

  3. Click on the "Check the Status of Your Application" link. The "Application Status Information" form will appear.

  4. Enter your social security number and confirmation number into the appropriate fields. Your confirmation number was provided upon completing your disability application.

  5. Click "Next" to be taken to your disability claim status. This should provide detailed information regarding your claim, as well as listing any documents still outstanding to complete your claim. If you are unable to retrieve your claim status this way, call the Social Security Administration Hotline at 800-772-1213.

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Things You'll Need

  • Social Security number
  • Disability Claim confirmation number

About the Author

Khalidah Tunkara is an accomplished freelance writer and journalist based in Atlanta, Ga. Tunkara began her writing career in 1994 and attended Georgia Perimeter College. Her articles have appeared in "The New Trend," "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," eHow.com and Trails Travel. Tunkara is the featured Headline News writer for the Examiner.

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