The Social Security Administration (SSA) prefers that you apply for Social Security Disability online instead of in person.
This is mainly due to the fact that the SSA is understaffed and would have a hard time handling all applicants if everyone applied in person.
Many Social Security attorneys recommend that you apply for disability benefits in person.
There are some situations where you are unable to apply online and you must apply in person. For example, if you have never worked, you are probably not eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and you must apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in person (SSI cannot be applied for online). If you are applying for a child, most of the application must be done in person. If you are a young adult, disabled before the age of 22 and you want to apply for SSDI child benefits (based on your parent’s work record), then you must apply in person.
There are times when it might make sense to apply or appeal online.
In most cases, applying in person will be the best option because it will give you a chance to ask questions and make you better informed of the disability application process. Applying online is quicker than applying in person, but chances are good that even if you apply online, you will eventually need to talk to a Social Security employee at some point during the application process. Applying for Social Security Disability can be a time consuming and stressful process; you should consider hiring a Social Security Disability attorney to help you with your claim, or at least take advantage of a free consultation.