How long does an application for Social Security disability take and what are the steps?

A typical Social Security Disability or SSI application takes about two to four months for the adjudicator to make a decision on the claim, and that's because of the following steps: 

  • First they're going to ask you for a list of your doctors and other medical providers.
  • They will then request your medical records. The longest time is simply the amount of time that it takes for your doctors' offices to get those medical records to the Social Security Administration.
  • Then, after they review those records, they may decide whether or not they want to have your file examined by a doctor for a consultative examination or send you to a doctor for an exam. Once they get that report, then they will also consider that as a part of the application.

That's why it takes about three or four months for them to decide your case.