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Field Office (FO)

The Social Security Administration operates hundreds of Field Offices across the United States. These local Field Offices allow individuals to interact with Social Security representatives in a face-to-face setting.

Most Social Security Field Offices offer a full range of Social Security services. Social Security Disability applicants can go to their local Social Security Field Office to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, to make changes to benefit information or to get help with applying for Medicare benefits. The Social Security Field Offices can also help Social Security Disability recipients apply for extra help to cover the cost of prescription drugs under Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program.

While many of the services offered in a Social Security Field Office are available online, the Field Offices are available to those who prefer to speak with a Social Security representative in person. Social Security Field Offices are open to the public and you do not need an appointment to visit one, but there are instances that you may wish to make an appointment, such as when filing a disability claim.

When you file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Field Office is the office that is in charge of the beginning stages of processing your claim. Representatives at this office will verify your non-medical eligibility requirements such as your Social Security coverage information and, if applying for SSI, your income and resource information. Once your non-medical eligibility has been verified by your Field Office, the office will send your Social Security Disability case to the SSA’s DDS for an evaluation of your disabling criteria.