Division of Disability Determination Services
Need long-term disability benefits?
We may be able to help.
If you are disabled and can’t work, you can apply for cash benefits through the federal Social Security Disability Program. We handle New Jersey residents' claims for these Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Your disability must be permanent to qualify for the program.
If your disability is short-term, you should apply for Temporary Disability Insurance benefits. This state program pays cash benefits when you can't work for a week or more – for instance, when you have surgery, get injured, are sick, or give birth.
Apply for Social Security Disability benefits
Find out if you qualify and how to start an application.
Information for healthcare providers
Get disability definitions, reporting requirements, and answers to frequently asked questions.