When looking to apply for social security, the first anyone should do is fully understand their rights and entitlements in regards to the social security system. One may choose o do this individually by researching the social security administration website at www.ssa.gov or hiring an attorney to assist in the understanding of the relevant procedures and laws.
After understanding ones rights and entitlements, the first thing to do is to get in touch with the local social security office either by phone or a personal visit so as to inform them of your interest in applying for benefits.
It is important to make sure all the information required is available and within reach if intending to make a telephone application. One may choose to apply for their benefits right over the phone, in such cases it is not unusual to be put on hold for a while before your turn. Having all the right information within reach will enable one to enjoy an easy and swift application.
For individuals applying for social security in person may need to make an appointment with a social security representative. To apply for social security in person at the office, it’s important to remember to carry all the necessary documents that will assist in identifying yourself. This includes your social security card.
Once the application has been made, one may need to be persistent and do a follow up of the matter at their local social security office in order to receive their benefits in a timely manner.
Once the social security application is received, social security representatives review it and contact the applicant if they need more information or if they require viewing additional documents. Once this process is complete the applicant is alerted on their application status via a letter sent through the post.