How to Find Your Secret Code (Short Form CDR)

Bet you didn’t know…. you have a secret code!

It appears on your short form CDR

It is in the top right hand corner and it looks like this:


There are a few interesting things you can find on your secret code.

Profile Code

Look at the top of the first page and you will see three rows of letters and numbers. On the second row, in the third field, you will see the letter “L” or “M” or “H”. That’s your profile code! It means low, medium, or high. The computer uses this code to help decide whether to send you a long form CDR.

Don’t worry. This code is not that important. It won’t change the decision that gets made. It is only used to decide which form to send you – short form or long form or both. If you are an H you are more likely to get a long form or both forms. If you are L or M you are more likely to get just the short form.

Diagnosis Code

The second interesting thing is your diagnosis code. Many people already know what impairments they were approved for but some people do not. If you applied for several different conditions, you may be wondering.

You can figure it out here. It is the end of the first line, and it is usually eight numbers. The first four numbers are the first diagnosis and the second four numbers are the second diagnosis. If you have no secondary diagnosis it is 0000. If your secondary diagnosis is listed as addiction — that doesn’t mean you actually were approved for addiction, it means they approved you DESPITE your addiction.

Diagnosis codes are listed here:

This section only lists your primary and secondary conditions. In some cases, there may have been other conditions that also played a role in your approval.

Review Cycle

The first number on the second line is your review cycle. That is how often they plan to review you. It is often 3, 5, or 7 years. It is not always accurate – reviews often come late, sometimes by several years. Although less likely, they also sometimes come early.

Next Steps

If you have not sent back your short form CDR yet, read: How to Complete the Short Form CDR

If you have already sent it back, read: How to Wait for an Answer on Your Short Form CDR


3 thoughts on “How to Find Your Secret Code (Short Form CDR)”

  1. Hello.. I have been searching every where for an answer.. I have a profile code of M and a profiling # 0000.. Which I have read is good because it is low. How do they decifer M with a low number I am confused? Also I have been on SSD for over 7 years now and nothing has improved only gotten worse. I know I am not at the age of 50 (I am 40) for the statement on conversion. But shouldn’t my years of being on it and no improvement count to convert from MIP to MINE?

    Thanks ❤️

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    1. Hi Sugar Blossoms,

      As far as I know, the profile code is just used to determine which form they will send you and whether you will be sent a long form or not. It won’t impact the final decision.

      It’s not common for someone’s MIP status to be changed. I’ve only met one person who told me they got a letter about a status change.

      I would not worry too much about these things. Just keep up good medical records, that is what will matter for passing reviews. ❤

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