How to Find Your Secret Code (Disability Update Report)

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

It appears on your Disability Update Report.

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 disability reviews

Don’t worry. This code is not that important. It won’t change the decision that gets made in the end. 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.

Short and Long Form Disability Reviews

Learn more about how to fill out the Disability Update Report

After reviewing your Short Form, Social Security may send you a long form review. Or they may not. You are more likely to get a long form if you are an H, or you are working, or you do not have recent doctor visits, or you get unlucky for no particular reason (5% of people are selected at random for long form reviews). Learn more about Continuing Disability Reviews.

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:

The profile codes only list 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

How to Wait for an Answer on Your Short Form CDR

Everything You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Reviews

What Do You Think? 

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7 thoughts on “How to Find Your Secret Code (Disability Update Report)”

  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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  2. How important is a secondary diagnosis code? Say someone has a diagnosis code of 0430 for symptomatic HIV infection but no secondary, is it just not necessary because multiple symptoms are implied in the primary diagnosis code?


    1. Hi Michael,

      Some people are approved for just one condition.

      I agree with you, most likely the first condition had enough disabling symptoms that they were approved based on just this and no more was needed.

      Or they may have met the criteria for a listing in the Social Security blue book.


  3. I do not see any codes or anything as you describe on the long form I was sent. I received a 13 page long form SSA-454-BK (04-2014) EF(04-2014. The only other numbers are: omb No. 0960-0072, at top right used as a header. None of those numbers seem to coorespond to the info you gave for diagnoses.


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