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Applying for Disability in Iowa

Information, statistics and resources about Social Security Disability in the state of Iowa.

To find your local Social Security field office, Disability Determinations Services office, or an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Iowa, click here.

File for Disability in Iowa

There are three ways to initially apply for Social Security Disability benefits. You can apply online, over the telephone, or in-person.

  • Online: You can apply online at
  • Telephone: You can apply over the telephone by calling the SSA's toll-free customer service line at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
  • In-person: You can apply in-person at your local Social Security field office. Find your local office here.


State Statistics

The following information is about Social Security Disability in Iowa.

Resident Population 1,885,505
Percentage of Population on SSI 1.6%
Percentage of Population on SSDI 4.6%
Average Monthly SSI Payment $491.03
Average Monthly SSDI Payment $1,035.62


Appeal Hearings

Iowa only has one hearing office to serve all the residents within the state. Seven administrative law judges (ALJs) appear at the court to judge disability hearings. Overall Iowa's hearing offices closely resemble the national averages of the rest of the United States.


Iowa National
Avg. Hearing Wait Time 15.0 Months 14.8 Months
Average Processing Time 486 Days 490 Days
Cases Approved 43% 43%
Cases Denied 39% 37%
Cases Dismissed 18% 19%


Vocational Rehabilitation Services

An individual who is disabled may want to return or start to work despite the complications of their condition. These individuals may seek assistance with Iowa's Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR). They offer services that help the disabled prepare, seek, secure, and maintain jobs in the work force. One must apply at their local VR office for assistance with the exception of those who are already receiving either SSI or SSDI (they already qualify). To find your local VR office, view our VR Offices page or contact the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services below.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Jessie Parker Building
510 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0240
1-800-532-1486 Toll Free
515-281-4211 V/TTY
515-281-7645 Fax

Social Security Field Offices, DDS & ODAR

There are 19 Social Security Field offices, 1 Office of Disability Determination Services and 1 Office of Disability Adjudication and Review to help the disabled residents of Iowa.

If you need assistance during the Social Security Disability application process, please contact your relevant disability office listed below for help.

Iowa Social Security Field Offices

Ames Office

2615 University Blvd
Ames IA 50010
(866) 899-1928

Burlington Office

3012 Division St
Burlington IA 52601

Carroll Office

818 N Bella Vista Dr
Carroll IA 51401
(866) 572-8381

Cedar Rapids Office

3165 Williams Blvd Sw
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
(319) 393-0045

Clinton Office

226 Fourth Ave South
Clinton IA 52732
(563) 243-5002

Council Bluffs Office

20 Arena Way Ste 1
Council Bluffs IA 51501
(866) 331-9094

Creston Office

906 E Taylor St
Creston IA 50801
(866) 613-2827

Davenport Office

131 W 3rd St
Davenport IA 52801
(563) 326-1621

Des Moines Office

455 Sw 5th St Ste F
Des Moines IA 50309

Dubuque Office

1635 Associates Dr
Dubuque IA 52002
(563) 582-3626

Fort Dodge Office

2315 2nd Ave North
Fort Dodge IA 50501
(515) 576-5185

Iowa City Office

400 South Clinton
Iowa City IA 52240
(319) 338-9461

Marshalltown Office

2502 South 2nd Street
Marshalltown IA 50158
(641) 752-6376

Mason City Office

625 Village Grn Dr Sw
Mason City IA 50401
(641) 423-4325

Ottumwa Office

2429 Northgate Street
Ottumwa IA 52501

Sioux City Office

3555 Southern Hills Dr
Sioux City IA 51106
(866) 338-2859

Spencer Office

1610 12th Ave Sw
Spencer IA 51301
(712) 262-5350

Storm Lake Office

800 Oneida St
Storm Lake IA 50588
(712) 732-1095

Waterloo Office

3121 Greyhound Drive
Waterloo IA 50701


Iowa Disability Determination Services

Des Moines Office of Disability Determination Services

510 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0240
Phone: 515-281-4211

Iowa Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

West Des Moines Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Regency West, Building 1, Suite 300
1501 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Telephone: (877) 628-6577
Fax: (515) 223-0371
eFile Fax: (877) 417-4609
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

IOWA: Ames, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Creston, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Waterloo