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How To Apply for Disability in South Carolina


The application process in South Carolina is just like applying in most other states in the United States. This is because Social Security Disability benefits are federal benefits provided by the government agency known as the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, there can be minor differences between states when it comes to chances of approval, state supplementation, etc. This page contains information and resources about Social Security Disability in South Carolina.

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

File for Disability in South Carolina

There are three ways for an individual who is struggling with a disabling condition to apply for Social Security Disability benefits in South Carolina.

  • Online: Apply online at the Social Security Administration's website
  • Telephone: Apply over the phone by calling the SSA's customer service line toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
  • In-person: Apply in-person at the closest Social Security Office. Find your local South Carolina office here.


Appeal Hearings in South Carolina

When an applicant is denied benefits at the Request for Reconsideration level of the appeals process, he or she can then file a request for an appeals hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Currently there are 35 ALJs within South Carolina who attend hearings throughout the 3 hearing offices in the state. Residents of South Carolina have a slightly higher chance of approval than the national average. The data below is from South Carolina's hearing offices.


South Carolina National
Avg. Hearing Wait Time 16.7 Months 14.9 Months
Average Processing Time 521 Days 461 Days
Cases Approved 46% 44%
Cases Denied 38% 38%
Cases Dismissed 16% 18%


South Carolina State Supplements for SSI

As of 2015, the federal benefit rate dictates that a claimant of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can receive a maximum of $733 per month in federal benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, the majority of states in the U.S. offer an additional benefit known as state supplemental benefits. Typically these benefits are provided to individuals to compensate for their cost of living.

South Carolina provides state supplemental benefits through its Optional State Supplementation Program (OSS). Only disabled residents who are residing in licensed Community Residential Care Facilities are eligible for OSS. To find out if you qualify or would like to apply for OSS, contact the SC Department of Health & Human Services below.

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

P. O. Box 8206
Columbia, SC 29202-8206
Phone: (888) 549-0820


State Statistics

As stated above, even though most states follow the same procedures for all levels of the application process, every state is fundamentally different in size, population, demographics, etc. This results in varying statistics and data for each state. The information below is about South Carolina.


Resident Population 2,967,273
Percentage of Population on SSI 2.5%
Percentage of Population on SSDI 6.5%
Average Monthly SSI Payment $493.52
Average Monthly SSDI Payment $1,107.09


South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Anyone who is suffering from a disability knows it can be difficult work, if even at all. The Vocational Rehabilitation Services of South Carolina offers help to disabled residents by providing employment opportunities and assistance. Recipients of either of the two disability programs (SSI or SSDI) qualify for VR services. To find your local VR office, visit our South Carolina VR Offices page or contact the state office below.

South Carolina VR State Office

1410 Boston Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29170
803-896-6500 (Office/TDD)
800-832-7526 (Toll free)

Social Security Field Offices, DDS & ODAR

South Carolina is home to 18 Social Security Field Offices, 3 Office of Disability Determination Services and 3 Offices of Disability Adjudication and review. These offices provide assistance to the residents who are looking to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Please contact one of the offices below if you need assistance in filing for disability, checking your application status, or have any questions regarding the Social Security Disability process.

South Carolina Social Security Field Offices

Aiken Office

151 Corporate Pkwy
Aiken SC 29803
(803) 648-2356

Anderson Office

3420 Clemson Blvd
Anderson SC 29621
(864) 231-7057

Bennettsville Office

1060 Cottingham Blvd N
Bennettsville SC 29512
(888) 810-7617

Camden Office

1111 Broad Street
Camden SC 29020
(888) 810-7373

Charleston Office

1463 Tobias Gadson Blv
Charleston SC 29407
(843) 573-3600

Clinton Office

292 Professional Pk Rd
Clinton SC 29325
(866) 526-9854

Columbia Office

1835 Assembly St
Columbia SC 29201
(866) 964-7594

Conway Office

1316 3rd Ave
Conway SC 29526
(843) 248-4271

Florence Office

181 Dozier Blvd
Florence SC 29501

Georgetown Office

413 King St
Georgetown SC 29440
(866) 593-1584

Greenville Office

319 Pelham Rd
Greenville SC 29615
(864) 233-1116

Greenwood Office

115 Enterprise Court
Greenwood SC 29649
(866) 739-4803

Orangeburg Office

1391 Middleton St
Orangeburg SC 29115
(803) 531-1568

Port Royal Office

2212 Mossy Oaks Rd
Port Royal SC 29935
(843) 524-5795

Rock Hill Office

498 Lakeshore Pkwy
Rock Hill SC 29730
(803) 328-6271

Spartanburg Office

140 Magnolia St
Spartanburg SC 29306
(866) 701-6620

Sumter Office

240 Bultman Dr
Sumter SC 29150

Walterboro Office

502 Robertson Blvd
Walterboro SC 29488
(843) 549-2866


South Carolina Disability Determination Services

North Charleston Office of Disability Determinations Services

4360 Dorchester Road
North Charleston, S.C. 29405
Phone: 843-740-1600

Greenville Office of Disability Determinations Services

105 Parkins Mill Road
Greenville, S.C. 29607
Phone: 864-297-3066

West Columbia Office of Disability Determinations Services

1410 Boston Ave.
P.O. Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015
Phone: 803-896-6500

South Carolina Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review

North Charleston Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Suite 300
3875 Faber Place Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Telephone: (877) 405-1467
Fax: (843) 727-4034
eFile Fax: (877) 470-5098
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

NORTH CAROLINA: Whiteville, Wilmington and SOUTH CAROLINA: Beaufort, Charleston, Conway, Georgetown, Walterboro


Columbia Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Suite 200
1927 Thurmond Mall Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29201-2375
Telephone: (866) 399-6950
Fax: (803) 799-7987
eFile Fax: (877) 470-5093
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

GEORGIA: Aiken, Augusta and SOUTH CAROLINA: Bennettsville, Columbia, Florence, Orangeburg, Sumter


Greenville Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Suite 200
300 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29601-3645
Telephone: (866) 827-6721
Fax: (864) 467-1690
eFile Fax: (877) 470-5096
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

NORTH CAROLINA: Franklin, Hendersonville FO and SOUTH CAROLINA: Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg and SOUTH CAROLINA: Clinton, Greenwood