You do not need to know your exact earnings history to file for disability. However, if you really want to know your reported earnings history you can request a copy of your Social Security earnings history from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Up until just recently you could do so by filing a Form SSA-7004 (Request for Social Security Statement). In light of the current budget situation, however, SSA has suspended the Request a Social Security Statement service.
The new way of obtaining your “green form” statement is to sign up and get your Social Security Statement online. You can use a my Social Security online account to get your Social Security Statement, to review:
- Estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;
- Your earnings record; and
- The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.