How to File for Disability in Maine

Four Methods:Preparing for the Application ProcessApplying for Disability OnlineApplying for Disability by Phone or In PersonDisability Approval Process

To file for disability in the state of Maine, you must first complete an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides information as to why you should be considered eligible to receive disability benefits. After the SSA has received your disability application, they will forward it to Maine's Disability Determination Services (DDS), an organization that reviews your information to determine if you are disabled for the sake of receiving Social Security benefits. To file for disability benefits, you must either fill out an application online at the SSA website, interview in person with a representative with the SSA, or attend a phone interview with the SSA.

Method 1
Preparing for the Application Process

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    Determine if you are eligible for disability. To receive disability benefits, you must be unable to perform any type of work for at least 1 year or for the remainder of your life.
    • If your disability condition or impairment will allow you to perform work in a profession other than what you did before you became disabled, you may not be eligible to receive benefits.
    • If you suspect that your disability is temporary, consult with your health care provider to determine if you will be disabled for more than 1 year.
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    Compile all your medical records and documents. To prove that you are legitimately disabled, the SSA and the DDS will need to see all the medical information pertaining to your disability.
    • Collect medical documents such as your medical records, names and contact information for all your doctors and health care providers, the names and current doses of all your prescription medication, and all other types of medical documents.
    • Visit or call your health care providers to obtain any additional medical records and documents you do not currently have on hand.
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    Gather your personal financial information and identification. In addition to medical information, the SSA and DDS will need a copy of your most recent federal tax return or W-2 tax form, your Social Security Number (SSN), birth certificate, bank account and routing numbers, and detailed employment information about your last 5 jobs.
    • Provide employment information that includes the names and contact information for every employer, the name of each position or job, and a complete description of your job responsibilities.
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    Gather information from all past insurance and worker's compensation claims. The SSA and DDS may investigate your reasons for filing past claims and their outcomes.
    • Obtain the contact information and claim numbers for each claim.

Method 2
Applying for Disability Online

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    Access the online paperwork for disability.
    • Click on the SSA link provided to you in the Sources section of this article, then click on "How do I apply for disability benefits."
    • Click on the "disability online" link to be taken to the online disability paperwork.
    • Indicate whether you are filing disability for yourself or for another person below the section entitled "To Start the Application Process," then click on "Apply for Benefits" to continue to the application.
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    Complete the online disability paperwork. The online paperwork will include the disability application, the disability report that provides the SSA with your medical history, and a medical release form.
    • Type your personal information into the appropriate fields on the paperwork. You will be required to use the information you collected earlier in preparing for the application process; such as your medical records, tax information, and more.
    • Click the "Next" button on the bottom of every webpage of the online paperwork until you reach the end, then click on the "Sign Now" button to submit your paperwork to the SSA.
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    Follow any additional, online instructions provided to you by the SSA. After you have completed and submitted your online paperwork, the SSA will give you further instructions regarding where to send your documents.
    • Mail the documents requested by the SSA to the address provided to you on the screen. Your information will then be reviewed by the SSA and submitted to the DDS to determine if you qualify to receive disability benefits.

Method 3
Applying for Disability by Phone or In Person

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    Schedule an appointment to file disability benefits.
    • Call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 at any hour on any day to schedule an in-person or telephone appointment. You will be given the address of the nearest SSA office location if you are attending the appointment in person.
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    Attend the disability appointment.
    • Compile all the information you gathered earlier to help you complete the application and filing process; such as your tax paperwork, medical records and information, and employment information.
    • If you are filing for disability benefits over the phone, the SSA will instruct you on where to take or send your personal documents and medical records so they can be reviewed by the SSA and DDS.

Method 4
Disability Approval Process

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    Receive notice from the SSA regarding your disability benefits status. After the SSA and Maine's DDS have reviewed your paperwork, they will send you a letter that indicates whether or not you are approved to receive disability benefits.
    • If you were approved for disability benefits, you will be provided with the disability payment schedule and payment amounts.
    • If you were denied disability benefits, you will be provided with an explanation as to why you were denied benefits, along with instructions on how to file an appeal.


  • If you do not have all the paperwork and documents needed to file with your disability application, you may still submit or turn in the application; however, you may be contacted by the DDS to provide additional information before your disability benefits can be approved.
  • If you have located additional documentation that may be a determining factor in being approved for disability, you can notify Maine's DDS office by calling them at 1-207-377-9500 or 1-800-452-8718, or send the documents to: Disability Determination Services, Department of Health and Human Services, State House Station 11, Augusta, Maine, 04333.

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