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What happens to my Social Security Disability claim if I move?

If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), moving from one city or county to the next within the same state does not affect your disability claim, especially at the initial disability application level and the reconsideration level.

SSDI and SSI are federal disability programs and eligibility for each program is determined by rules and regulations created by federal disability laws.

With that said, it is very important to notify the Social Security Administration office if you do move. This can be done by contacting the local field office where you applied for disability benefits. If your SSI or SSDI application has been transferred to the Disability Determination Services office (DDS) for evaluation, your disability claim may need to be sent by the Social Security Administration to the DDS office in your new state of residence.

What if you have had your SSI or SSDI claim denied at the initial application and reconsideration level and you are now waiting for a Social Security Disability hearing to be scheduled? It is recommended that you should notify the Social Security Administration that you have moved and also contact the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The ODAR manages the hearing offices in your state, and they may need to send your SSI or SSDI claim to the new ODAR hearing office who has jurisdiction over your disability case.

What is the downside to following this suggestion? Many claimants wait for up to a year to have their disability case reviewed by an administrative law judge. Cases pending for administrative review are generally in a “queue.” If you decide to move and notify the SSA, your case may be transferred to the new ODAR office and you could lose your place in line. This could add months to your wait time.

If you do not notify the Social Security Administration about your move, you will have to go back to your previous state of residence to attend your Social Security Administration hearing office. Additionally, if the administrative law judge finds out that you have moved there is a chance that he will decide that the SSI or SSDI claim is not under his jurisdiction and he has the option to refuse to decide your claim.

The best advice if your Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income claim is pending is to avoid moving. Unfortunately, the disability review process for many claimants can take up to two years and moving, even if you take the right steps, could be disruptive. Keep in mind, the SSA processes over a million claims each year and although they are doing their best, mistakes can happen.

Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer



Hiring a disability lawyer is one way to improve your chances of winning disability benefits at every step in the disability process. Claimants can apply for either Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance without the help of a SSD attorney, but claimants who are very sick, who are unsure about the disability process or unsure of what they need to prove to win their SSI or SSDI should contact a disability lawyer for assistance.