How Do I Apply for Social Security?
You should apply for SSD or SSI as soon as you think you are disabled. An approved application for SSD benefits can result in benefits being paid beginning one year before the date you applied. If you wait longer than one year to apply, you will start to lose benefits. An award of SSI benefits is paid as of the date of the application. Waiting can result in a loss of benefits.
You can make your application in one of four ways: