To apply for survivor disability benefits, you’ll need to call or visit your nearest Social Security office in person. You cannot apply for survivor benefits online.
To get the process started ahead of time, begin by filling out an Adult Disability Report and bringing it with you to the Social Security office.
You should also bring the following supporting documents:
- Your birth certificate or other proof of birth
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful resident alien status
- U.S. military discharge papers if you served prior to 1968
- W-2 forms and/or self-employment tax forms for the previous year
- Any medical records or other evidence supporting your disability
- Award letters, pay stubs, settlement agreements or other proof of any temporary or permanent workers’ compensation benefits you received
If you don’t have all the documents, you can still file your claim. The Social Security office can help you get the proper documents together — so can an attorney.
You should go to Social Security prepared to provide basic information about yourself, such as your Social Security number and date of birth, as well as your spouse’s corresponding information and information for your minor children, if you have any.
In addition, bring your bank routing number if you plan to have your benefits electronically deposited.
For help making a claim for widow or widower benefits, call today.