Social Security Q&A: What Information Do I Need for SSI?

Question: What information do I need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Answer: Here are some of the things you will be asked for when you apply for SSI. Even if you do not have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the Social Security office can help you. But keep in mind that the more information you can provide, the faster the decision process will be. You will need:

∎ Your Social Security number.

∎ Your birth certificate or other proof of your age.

∎ Information about the home where you live, such as your mortgage or your lease and landlord’s name.

∎ Payroll slips, bank statements , insurance policies, burial fund records, and other information about your income and the things you own.

∎ The names, addresses and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals, and clinics that you have been to, if you are applying for SSI because you are disabled or blind.

∎ Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status.

∎ If you have a bank or financial institution account, you should have the account number available so your benefits can be deposited directly into your account.

Learn more about SSI by reading the online publication, Supplemental Security Income, available at

Question: My application for Supplemental Security Income based on my disability was recently denied. Can I appeal the decision?

Answer: Yes. If you disagree with a disability decision made on your claim, you can appeal it. The steps you can take are explained in the online publication, Your Right To Question A Decision Made On Your Supplemental Security Income Claim, available at

Also, you have the right to be represented by an attorney or other qualified person of your choice. You can request your appeal online. Simply visit the online services page at Then select the “Appeal a decision” link and follow the instructions.

To learn more, read the online publication, Your Right To Representation, available at

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit