One way to apply for SSI in NC is to call your local Social Security Office (Social Security Office Locator) and set up an appointment to file. The Social Security Administration also has (finally) an online application for SSI but you must meet certain criteria to file online:

You are eligible to file online for SSI if you: (via SSA)

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65;
  • Have never been married;
  • Aren’t blind;
  • Are a U.S. citizen residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands;
  • Haven’t applied for or received SSI benefits in the past; and
  • Are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance at the same time as your SSI claim.
  • To apply look here.

The SSI application process involves disclosing financial information to ensure that you are eligible for SSI. SSI is a program designed for people who do not have enough work credits to quality for DIB (SSDI or Disability Insurance Benefits).

To be eligible for SSI a person must not have more than $2,000 in countable resources. A married couple must not have more than $3,000 in countable resources.  If your resources are more than what the Social Security Administration allows you will not be allowed to file for SSI benefits. You may however be eligible for DIB (SSDI or Disability Insurance Benefits) if you have enough credits from your work. If you are sick and unable to work, do not delay in filing for SSI benefits! Delay may cause you to lose benefits.