New Mexico Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability in New Mexico, like every other state, can be a long and difficult process. I will try to cover on this page some information specific to this state that I hope you will find of interest.


The topics I will cover on this page include how to apply, lawyers, some statistics on your chances of winning at application and reconsideration for NM and also will give you the address and processing time of the hearing offices that serve New Mexico.


You have several options when applying for benefits. The best way to apply is to call SSA at 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local office. See my page on how to apply for Social Security Disabilityto know what you will need to bring with you for your appointment. You can also simply ask them when you talk to them on the phone. If you are applying for SSDI in NM you can also apply on-line at the SSA Website. It is a good idea to have some idea of what you have to prove to win your case and this knowledge can be helpful when filling out your forms. A good place to start your research is my website but you should also look at the SSA website even though it can be a bit confusing at times. You might be wondering if you need a lawyer or representative to help you with your claim. There is no requirement that you use a lawyer. This is a choice you will have to make after you research the rules and what you have to prove to win. You may be told by many lawyers to get denied first then contact them. I disagree with this approach. I believe you should try and get it right from the start so that you do not waist precious time in an already slow system. So, if you are told this and want a lawyer keep looking because there are attorneys who will take these cases at application. If you want help finding a local lawyer or want us to help feel free to click on the link below.

Another thing people like to know is what are their chances of winning a Social Security Disability claim. I can't tell you your chances exactly but I can give you the statistics of approval and denial rates in your state. The denial rate at application for NM is 64.2% at application and 87.3% at reconsideration. The approval rates are 35.8% and 12.7% respectively. Each of the two stages of the process can take from three to six months to get a decision. The hearing process can take considerably longer as you will notice from the numbers below were I give you the processing time for the corresponding ODAR office. As you can see if you don't win until you get to a hearing you are looking at a wait of 2 years and could be more. In some hearing offices the wait for a hearing can be 2 years.  At this point with the new office just opened in 2009 in Albuquerque the wait time already appears to be down to about a year and a half. 



Find a Lawyer for SSDI in NM

SSDI Hearing Office Address and How Long it Takes

Below you will find the address of all the hearing offices, also called ODARs, and you will also find the location of the SSA local offices that send there cases to that hearing office. I have also included how long it takes on average to get a decision at hearing.  Hearings are held by Administrative Law Judges also called ALJs.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

555 Broadway, NE

Suite 200

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Telephone:(505) 346-7823

Fax:(505) 346-7862

Services the following Social Security Field Offices:


Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Gallup, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Roswell, Santa Fe



How long does it take at Hearing?  The average processing time for this ODAR is 483 days from the time you request a hearing untill you get a decision as of June 27, 2008.

UPDATE:  There is a new national hearing Center to be opened in Albuquerque New Mexico to help with the backlog of cases there and in other parts of the country. This is good news for those of you waiting for a hearing for your Social Security disability claim and New Mexico.  "Commissioner Astrue has been working very hard to address the backlog of Social Security cases, and New Mexicans are already seeing results," Senator Bingaman said.  "I commend the Commissioner for his efforts, and will work to ensure he has the funding he needs to eliminate the backlog.  With the opening of the National Hearing Center in Albuquerque and the new office in Rio Rancho next year, Social Security will be able to better serve local residents and those waiting for disability decisions around the country."

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