Disability application, report, release needed
What is the difference between the disability application and the disability report? Do I have to complete both?
The application is used to apply for disability benefits; the report provides Social Security with information on your medical condition. The report is needed before the application can be processed.
To start a claim for disability benefits, you need to complete a disability application, a disability report and an authorization release form that allows us to obtain your medical records. Do it at socialsecurity.gov/applyfor disability.
You can appeal disability decision online
I've been turned down for disability benefits. How do I appeal?
Go to socialsecurity.gov and click on the "Appeal a disability decision online" link in the left-hand column. This is where you can ask to have the medical decision overturned. The only form you are required to submit is an appeal request (Part 1) but we encourage you to submit an appeal disability report (Part 2) because it will give us more information about you and help us process your appeal more quickly.
Source: Social Security Administration