Filing for disability online

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2007

Applying for disability benefits from Social Security is easier than it's ever been before. Until recently, the disability report had to be completed manually. Now, you can save time by completing it online and sending it to Social Security electronically.

An important part of applying for disability benefits for adults is completing the adult disability report, or form 3368. The report asks important questions about your disabling condition, medical records, health care provider contact information, and information about your educational and work history. This information is important to help Social Security determine your disability.

Your disability report and information are used to help answer these five questions:

1. Are you working?

2. Is your disabling condition severe enough to limit your ability to do work?

3. Is your condition on our list of impairments, and is it expected to last for at least a year or end in death?

4. Can you do the work now that you did in the past?

5. Can you do any other work?

Two versions of the adult disability report can be completed online, depending on whether you are the person applying for benefits, or a professional representative.

If you are applying for disability benefits on your own behalf, you can complete the online disability report at the following link.

If you are representing a disabled person, you can complete our professional version of the disability report. Examples of representatives include attorneys and non-attorney representatives, employees of government agencies, social agencies, hospitals, nursing care facilities, homeless shelters, or non-profit agencies, and anyone else who assists applicants in applying for disability benefits.

If you are representing someone and want to apply for benefits on their behalf, you can go to the following Web site to complete their adult disability report.

Keep in mind that in addition to the disability report, we will also need a completed application for disability benefits. The online application can be found at the following address:

To learn more about Social Security, visit, or call (800) 772-1213 (TTY (800) 325-0778).

Brian Johe is the Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Anchorage.

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