Online Services, SSI

Coming Soon: Improved Check Your Application or Appeal Status Service

December 1, 2016 • By

Last Updated: March 17, 2021

woman on laptopIn December, Social Security will launch a new service for my Social Security account holders where the public can check on the status of an application for benefits or an appeal filed with us.

The service will provide detailed information about retirement, disability, survivors, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income claims and appeals filed either online at or with a Social Security employee.

The ability to check your application status will be available online to everyone who has or opens a secure my Social Security. You can open an account at

The service will provide important information about your claim or appeal, including, as appropriate:

  • Date of filing;
  • Current claim location;
  • Scheduled hearing date and time;
  • Re-entry numbers for incomplete applications;
  • Servicing office location; and
  • Claim or appeal decision.

If you are unable to open a my Social Security account, you can still call 1-800-772-1213 to check your claim status by using our automated system using the confirmation number you received when you filed your claim.

Providing our customers with more claim status information helps us meet our goal of delivering innovative, quality services to you and helping secure today and tomorrow.

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  1. tony

    The Tickets-To-Work program is voluntary, but Vocational Rehabilitation is not. When will the SSA actually force people into Vocational Rehabilitation service and save the Social Security disability money by getting people off the disability roll.

    The SSA can give the State a list of people and if the state can find them a job, then they must do it. This applies to the State Vocational Rehabilitation and not the Employment Networks.

    The State Rehabilitation Service can notify the SSA that there is a job available and the SSA can send the notice to the claimants to call the State Vocational Rehabilitation service. Failure to do so can result in having benefits withheld.

    • tony

      The SSA should force Social Security disability recipients to participate in the State Vocational Rehabilitation services like how Unemployment Compensation forces people to look for jobs in order to collect unemployment.

      • Marc Porter

        Um, in order to receive Social Security Disability benefits you have to be 100% disabled and TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY UNABLE TO WORK. So you want to force people who lost their jobs because they CANNOT WORK to get a job? What is the MATTER with people??? What part of 100% DISABLED do you not understand? Unemployment is for while you’re looking for work, disability is for people who CANNOT work. Oh, the stupidity of Americans makes my head want to explode!

        • Sheilah Bower

          Precisely. I love it when someone with common sense speaks up.

        • meldesa


    • tony

      The SSA referred my name and phone number to the State Rehabilitation services, but it was voluntary instead of mandatory. I am able to be a lazy freeloader and get that free disability money and do nothing.

      The SSA should develop a mandatory State Vocational Rehabilitation program.

      • tony

        I collect that free disability for mental disability. If someone is incapable of making prudent judgment and exempt from participating in the State Vocational Rehabilitation program, then they should have a representative payee.

        Even the SSA rules states that if you no longer need a representative payee, then they could reevaluate you and find that you are no longer disabled.

        • tony

          Why do Social Security recipients need evidence that the can take care of themselves to not have a representative payee?

          If the other people can take care of themselves and not need a representative payee, then why are they still on disability. They need to be rehabilitated and returned to work.

        • tony

          The SSA doesn’t believe people can return to work, even though there is the ADA law for accommodation and the EEOC law about age discrimination.

          • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

            A person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program if they work. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. We even have Work Incentives that allow people to work and still receive their benefits.

    • Comp.bil

      You probably should spend a tad more time on your research, SSA,is also retirement.

  2. tony

    The State of Florida Division of Driver License has two lines. One for US Citizens and another for Non-citizens.

    People applying for SSR and SSDI pay your Administrative expense. There should be a shorter line for us at your local field office. There should be a shorter waiting period for a hearing for people applying for SSDI than someone applying for SSI. We pay your Administrative expense and get treated like second class Citizens and got to wait behind people who paid nothing.

    • tony

      Make America Great Again.

      • Sam

        Why not SS

        • tony

          The Social Security Administration was never great to begin with, so how can it be great again. Lol

          • Ron

            Can I give my attorney the authority to communicate with SSA?

          • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

            Thank you for your question Ron. Yes, you can choose to have a representative help you when you do business with Social Security. Please remember that once appointed, your representative may act for you in most Social Security matters. See “Appointment of Representative” for more information.

          • Comp.bil

            Obviously, you are not very old !

    • tony

      People applying for SSDI can do it Online, but SSI cannot be done Online. The people applying for SSDI should be fast track to their hearing date with the ALJ.

      In any other third world country, the paying customers come first.

      • Comp.bil

        Do you understand what the third letter in that abbreviation means?

    • Marc Porter

      The reason waiting times and lines kerp getting longer is because of CUTS that Congress keeps making! Everyone who screams for “smaller government,” well, what do you THINK that mesns??? Closed government ofgices, fewer employees to help you, shorter hours, DUH!!! Which do you people want, you can’t have all the benefits you want if you get rid of all the governmental agencies that handle those benefits.

  3. Patricia Hafermann

    It would be nice if there was someway when a person signs up on line for Parts A & B, that they know it went through or that it was received by SS.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Patricia. Individuals who have filed a claim for benefits online, can check the status of their application using their confirmation number. If you have a confirmation number from when you applied, you can check the status of your application here. Also, you can create a my Social Security account or login to your existing account to check the status of your claim. In the event you do not or cannot create an account, it will still be possible to check the status of your claim using the confirmation number with our automated phone system. If anything prevents you from checking your application status online, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also contact your local field office. Thanks.

      • bettyg

        i wished you would have had this 10+ years ago.

        your office had apparently written a letter advising WHEN my hearing date was; however, neither i nor my lawyer ever received it!!

        i called your office & then found out it supposedly had been sent & WHEN it would be.

        this would have HELPED this situation going online that SOMETHING was finally happening. thanks.

        bettyg, iowa … took 5 yrs. of hell to be approved & 2 apps.

      • Jimmie

        I filed for retirement for benefits only at the end of October and I can not get any information in regards to the status of my application. All I can get is that it has not been processed yet and I will get a letter in the mail. This has been over a month. What can I do? I can never get a person to talk to.

        • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

          Hi Jimmie. Unfortunately and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation and answer your questions about this matter. You can visit your local Social Security office or you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sometimes we experience higher than normal call volume. Generally, when calling our toll free number, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later during the week. We thank you for your understanding and for bringing this matter to our attention. Please try again.

  4. Anthony Paul Sirabella

    I was receiving SSI disability until I reach 62 years of age and Social Security made me retire early stating I would get a little more money then the $720 SSI disability was paying me. At the same time my son who will be 4 yrs old on December 14th 2016 was also SSI disability for his autism and Social Security also put him on my retirement also stating he would get $20 more a month. I went from receiving $720 from SSI disability shoe collecting $958 on early retirement my son who was collecting $738 a month from SSI disability to only collecting just $635 on my retirement. My increase was $138 a month more where as my son lost $103 per month. Between my son and I the only increase was $35 I gained 138 he lost $103 do the math and that comes out to $35 a month more to me to my son it is not worth it I wanted to stay on SSI disability for both of us does Social Security told me my son when he was on SSI disability making $738 a month will be getting an increase of $20 a month bringing it to $758 a month giving him an increase as I was told of $20 a month more lo and behold they lied and was told I have no choice but to accept it and nothing I could do about it. My son on November 8th 2014 was diagnosed with ASD otherwise known as Autism
    Spectrum Disorder to make it short my son has Autism which is a major disability. Problem being since they made him go on my retirement his benefit verification letter does not say even though he is disabled and that makes me mad just because they made him go on retirement he did not miraculously get cured from autism they will not put on his verification letter that he is a disabled individual which he is and will be for years to come. Some things should and must be done to correct that we are disabled and just because they made us retire doesn’t mean we are no longer disabled.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Thank you for your comment Anthony. Social Security has strict guidelines that apply to individuals receiving benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. If an SSI recipient is insured and qualifies on his or her own record for their own retirement benefit, they are required to apply at age 62. Failure to apply for additional benefits can result in suspension or termination of their SSI benefits.

      • Connor Kaluza

        I need to get my dead mom’s master benificiarys record on the claim number she died with at just 31 . ***-**-**** but I never got to make an accont my restarted pay is no longer in the picture I’m an adult and need my login email me at my p.o. box 4725 was stole from a evil bitch with nothing to do with me and my mom

  5. Beth

    I think this is a great idea. It’s quite stressful waiting for months to find out about your application. For those that don’t have a disease on the compassionate allowance list it will take years to finally go in front of a judge. This would be reassuring for the applicant, to know at which point the application is near.

  6. kim r brown

    my son was getting sst sense he was about 8 years old it stopped when he was 18 but he did not grow out of it i made appeals and that did not help i do not understand how this is you do not out grow this adhd it is a bad illness for some

  7. John

    Look at the feedback you are getting about initiating a tracking system for the claims people file. While commendable, your blog is not reaching those who need the information, rather, you are getting comments from people who have an individual grievance. In most cases it is not germain to your post. Maybe there should be more thought put into your subject matter and a disclaimer at the end which would discourage nonsensical posts.

  8. ata

    You rival Mr. Sanders, glad to see you do receive something. I suggest over the counter vitamins, it might help.

  9. Cathey S Mayfield

    This will be nice for the retirement who have had seven strokes,like me to the brain that crack the brain and cripple limbs on my body and people don’t understand me because a brain stroke hit my voice I live on 748.00 a month I go to many doctors and buy 26 different kinds of pills a month’s six creams,four shampoos,not counting what I have to buy over the counter products for my problem skin due to staying inside not getting no vitamin D and E,it’s really sad I started working really young just a child in school they took out taxes ,worked three to four jobs every year everyday it took it now I thought working four jobs when I retired I would draw a great amount not me I can hardly pay my meds,insurance,and what I have to have for the month then people break in on me take that police and home insurance said it only pays so much they stoked about 50,000.00 worth of stuff and they gonna only give me 2,500.00 back on my home owners insurance that’s bull then I worked all my life to have what I paid for honestly and some convicts this come in break my door down on front of my house then my bedroom door with two dead bolts still kicked it in so they protect the convict not the handicapped can I get more social security money each month on my check added to it,I’m hurting each month,have to do without that’s not right to the working person all these people faking this disabilities,I hear them laughing when I’m at doctors laughing how they play the government I think everyone under the age of 55 they should have to be recerified every two years that way u really know they should have to go to the physical the social security people pick for them like they did for me this would stop fraud on social security and food stamps,welfare,they should have to be drug tested every month,that would Goethe United States more money for children in schools ,food,etc for our world United States waste money on people comes from Alaska here laughing say they put all their money in their in laws names draw food stamps,welfare Tenn Cate,that’s stupid I couldn’t draw insurance and I didn’t have a job or a husband.

    • gala

      So sad. You must do not have any children who can help? I do understand. Barely surviving as well. Food banks and churches have been get help.

  10. Tony Sanders

    Online SSI seems to be the easiest way to bill Congress until they tax the rich to pay 16-24 million children in 2017 and end poverty by 2020. SSA needs to provide benefits that are immune from attrition to the 2.7% consumer inflation with a 3% annual growth rate. When I finish my book on children, after it treats my Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis from the Food Bank, I shall have to produce a balanced federal budget for the new President to pay people who have been robbed by Lame Duck non-accountants and murdered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio with 50% of state death row population and 4% of the population that need to be relocated to a legal marijuana state that taxes marijuana and changed to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana (ATM) so I don’t have to remind everyone to purchase these vices in cash.

    SSA must rubber stamp my work with a 6% COLA 2017. SSA is unable to do the math so it would be okay to pay a 3% COLA this December with a review of the 20% trust fund ratio by independent candidates for Commissioner able to publish the Second Summer Solstice Report of the OASDI Trust Funds and SSI Program. A 0.3% COLA is not immune under 18USC246, Sec. 204(c) of the Social Security Act 42USC404(c), and XI amendment under 42USC2000d-7. This December the Acting Commissioner must sign and publish the Harmless Deal and pay a 6% COLA in 2017 or forever be remembered as a grinch because thanks to the imperfect 2.37% DI tax rate from the Balanced Budget Act of 2015 the DI trust fund has over 20% trust fund ratio under Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC415(i), as accurately accounted and understood in the Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016

    • ata

      Do you get disability for a mental disorder, if not, I suggest you file. You have an excellent chance of approval.

      • Carol


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