How to obtain your SSDI/SSI disability file from the Social Security Administration



A copy of your Social Security Administration (SSA) disability file can be requested by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting your local SSA office. Once you have requested your file it will then be mailed to you as a disc. If you do not have access to a CD-ROM, there may be a cost involved to have your file printed.

You will need to provide the SSA with your social security number, name, birth date and mailing address. Identification may be requested (driver’s license) if you go into your local SSA office.

The turnaround time is approximately one to two weeks from the date of your request to receive your file in the mail.  However, like most things with the SSA, plan on four weeks.

For security purposes, your disc “password” is the first 4 letters of your first name (all lowercase), followed by a “#” and then the last 4 numbers of your Social Security Number.

For example, John Smith, SSN 123-45-6789 would be, john#6789

Your file should include items such as your disability application, the appeals filed, and work history information.  Additionally, the CD should include copies of all medical records that have been requested by Disability Determination Services (DDS) and/or provided by you.


Call (720) 515-9012 and speak with attorney Will Viner or Nellie Viner at Viner Disability Law for help.