How to Wait for an Answer (Short Form CDR)

Most Short Form CDRs are approved in the end. The best way to wait is to relax and take care of yourself. Many people get super stressed while waiting. Here’s what you can expect:

How to Complete the Form

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

How Long for a Decision

If everything goes perfectly, and the computer just immediately approves you… it’s still going to take about three months. If you included remarks or attachments it’s going to take about six months. Be patient.

Don’t worry if it is taking a while, it doesn’t mean anything. If a lot of time passes, you can call and ask for an update. It could just be that your approval letter got lost.

Remember, you are not just waiting to find out if they are going to send you a long form. They cannot cut anyone off based on the short form.

How Do I Know if I am Approved?

If your review is approved, they will send you a bewildering letter that says: “We sent you a letter telling you we were going to review your case, however we do not need to review your case at this time.”

This means: “You are approved, but we don’t know how to write in clear English.”

The Evil 5% Rule

90% your short forms are easily approved

5% are selected for more review

5% of the time, even if you did everything perfectly, your file will be randomly selected and they will send you a long form review to fill out. Don’t worry if this happens to you randomly. It does not mean anything about your case.

Be Prepared

You may not be sent a long form review, but there is a chance you will be. Here are the steps you can take to be prepared for a continuing disability review.

If you change your address, make sure to update Social Security with your new address. Also, make sure to check your mail regularly or have someone check it for you. Just in case you do get a long form, it’s important not to miss the letter.

If you are homebound and have difficulty walking to your mailbox, here is an idea: Victoria Gets Mail Delivered to Her Doorstep

If You Are Not Approved

Remember, you can NOT be denied from a short form. You can only get approved, or get sent a long form.

After completing the long form, then you will get a final answer.

4 thoughts on “How to Wait for an Answer (Short Form CDR)”

  1. I been on ssi since 1998 never file a short form cdr until 2018. I was marked l. How long iam i going to have to wait to get a answer. Also i am 53 does that make a difference have mot worked since 1999.


  2. Wow, this site is a godsend. I wish I would have read it before I sent out my short form :)) (although I did fill it out, I sent an attachment). I’m glad (and people should know) that it can take long for a short form answer and especially that people can not lose their disability payments on the basis of a short form alone.

    I do have a question – I also have been on SDI a long time and this is my first short form (became eligible in 2003). Is there a concerted effort to shake people off in 2018 or is this just an aberration?

    I appreciate all that you do and the information you provide – not only is it invaluable, it’s an IMMEDIATE stress killer for us on the rolls who have suddenly received these forms!


    1. Thank you for this kind comment.

      I couldn’t tell if this is your first short form, or the first review you have gotten of any kind.

      Either way, a short form is usually a positive sign that they are not reviewing your case more closely. Some people get long forms for a few reviews and then get moved to short forms.

      I have not heard of a concerted effort to change things 2018. Of course, there could be things I don’t know, but they usually send out a giant batch of short forms every september and february.

      I don’t think attachments will be any problem, it just slows things down a bit.

      I hope it goes well for you. Most short forms pass without problem.


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