Disability Determination Services

Our mission statement: "To improve the quality of life for Texans with disabilities who apply for or receive SSA disability benefits, by making timely and accurate disability determinations."

The DARS Division for Disability Determination Services (DDS), funded entirely through the Social Security Administration (SSA), makes Social Security disability determinations for Texans with severe disabilities who apply for:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Texans with disabilities must first apply for benefits at their local Social Security Office and their applications are then forwarded to DDS by SSA for a disability determination; however, SSA is responsible for making final decisions as to whether or not a person is eligible to receive any Social Security benefits.

To apply for Social Security disability benefits, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit their website at www.ssa.gov to learn more about the application process for disability benefits.

If you have already filed a disability claim with Social Security, you may contact DDS about processing your claim at 512-437-8000 or 1-800-252-7009 with information or questions concerning your claim.

Mailing Address:
DARS Division of Disability Services
P.O. Box 149198, Austin, TX 78714-9198

Main Telephone:

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