SSI makes monthly payments to people who have low income and few resources, and who are:
• Age 65 or older;
• Blind; or
How to apply for SSI
If you plan to apply for SSI, you can complete a large part of your application by visiting the website at www.socialsecurity.gov. You can also call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 to ask for an appointment with a Social Security representative. If you plan to apply for Social Security or SSI disability benefits, a good place to start is www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.
Parents or guardians usually can apply for blind or disabled children under age 18. In some cases, other third parties can apply for children.
You should bring certain items when you apply. Even if you don’t have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the Social Security office can help you get whatever is needed. Please bring:
• Your Social Security card or a record of your Social Security number;
• Your birth certificate or other proof of your age;
• Information about the home where you live, such as your mortgage or your lease and landlord’s name;
• Payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial fund records, and other information about your income and the things you own;
• The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals, and clinics that you have been to, if you are applying for SSI because you are disabled or blind;
• Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status; and
• Your checkbook or other papers that show your bank, credit union, or savings and loan account number.