When you’re approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you’ll receive a copy of the decision in the mail that approves your benefits, and shortly thereafter, a Social Security Notice of Award letter. This important document explains how your disability payments were calculated, when you’ll receive them, and any retroactive benefits that you may be entitled to (if you were found disabled as of a past date).
While it’s best to keep this in a safe place for future reference, the fact is that sometimes paperwork gets misplaced. Luckily, if you need to get another copy of your Social Security Disability award letter, it shouldn’t be too difficult to do.
If you’re able to, the quickest way to get a new copy of your Social Security award letter may be to go to your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. You can find the nearest office by using the SSA’s office locator, which is available on the SSA’s website at SSA.gov, or by searching for an SSA office address by region.
You could also call the SSA field office to ask that a copy be sent to you in the mail.
If you just need information regarding your 2010 Social Security benefits, you could consider ordering a Social Security Benefit Statement (Form 1099-10425) from the Social Security Administration, which can also be done online.
If you’re trying to obtain proof of your Social Security Disability benefits to provide to a potential creditor, social service agency, or another entity, you can instead obtain a Proof of Income statement from the SSA by the same means mentioned above.