TIPS FOR FILING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY OR SSI APPLICATION Written by Cook, Skeen & Robinson, LLC on July 25, 2017. Posted in Social Security 1. Make a list of your providers with their names, addresses and phone numbers, and the years you saw them. You do not have to gather records to file an application. You do need to have the contact information for Social Security or your attorney to get the records. Include all of your providers, even if they did not treat your primary issue. 2. Have a list of your marriages, with dates and location of marriage and divorce.3. List all of your impairments, even if it is not your primary impairment. 4. Decide when you were last able to work. As a guide, look at when you became unable to earn at least $1,000 in a month due to your disability. 5. Have the name and address of your last employer and be able to accurately describe your job: not the title, but what you actually did. 6. Don’t wait! People sometimes hope they will improve. We hope so too, but you can still file, just in case you don’t. If you do improve, and you’ve been unable to work for a year, you can ask for a “closed period of disability” for the time you could not work. Administrative law judge often look favorably on these requests.