Will the change in my home address affect my SSDI benefits?

By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

In most cases the Social Security Administration will simply need to be informed of the change in your address within due time to continue sending your benefits check to your new address.

However, if you are going to move as far as another State or just down another home in your street, you will need to inform the SSA of your new address – this is important so your check reaches the right destination.

Social Security Disability benefits are awarded after a dynamic process of application submission and claim cross checking by the SSA under Federal Rule. In most cases, if you’re moving from state to state you would not have to reapply to the SSA as you will get continued benefits from the previous application. That is because SSDI is a program under Federal Rule as stated above and hence your eligibility is not affected by the change of your address within the country.

If you are moving regardless if you move to another state or just across the street you will have to notify the SSA of the change in your address and also of your new phone number if you have changed that too. The sooner you notify the SSA of the changed information the less consequential problems you would face having your Social Security Disability benefits forwarded to your new address.

If you are a claimant moving out of US, there will be a time limit set by the SSA before they cut out your claims. Since both SSI and SSDI are SSA programs, it depends on what program you are receiving benefits under and how long you have been receiving them. Depending on what country you are moving to, including the fact that you aren’t moving to a prohibited country, and also how long would you stay in the new country the SSA will base their decision on whether to continue or cancel your claims under Social Security Disability, SSDI. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) the SSA would not stop your benefits until after 30 days you have moved out. While if you are receiving Social Security Disability claims your benefits the SSA would only stop the benefits until after 6 months of you being moved to another country. You can reinstate the benefits after returning to the US.

You can get personalized guidance  for your case or get paperwork done by contacting our professional Social Security Disability Attorneys at Disability Advocates Group law firm (DAG).

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts is the managing attorney for Disability Advocates Group. She opened Disability Advocates Group to assist individuals who became disabled and unable to work to obtain the benefits they need and deserve.  Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.