Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Minnesota – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.

Why is State-by-State Information Important?

Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Minnesota social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.

Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.

Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.

While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.

You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Minnesota below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Minnesota – What You Need To Know

There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Minnesota compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
Minnesota38.8%10.7%56.3%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:3.7%-1.8%2.4%

As the table shows, Minnesota is slightly ahead of the national average at the Initial Application and Hearing level – 3.7% and 2.4% respectively. Minnesota is a touch lower at he Reconsideration level, 1.8% to be exact.

Minnesota Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Minnesota38.8%36.3%35.3%34.7%35.1%35.5%36.2%34.7%35.8%
National Average35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, Minnesota has been slightly better than the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Minnesota ranked 20th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Minnesota over the last few years, they still are better than the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Minnesota Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Minnesota10.7%11.0%8.7%8.9%9.3%8.7%8.9%10.2%9.3%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Minnesota has historically lower than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Minnesota ranked 42nd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.

Minnesota Hearings Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Minnesota10.7%11.0%8.7%8.9%9.3%8.7%8.9%10.2%9.3%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Minnesota has dipped above and below, but are currently better than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Minnesota ranked 17th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Minnesota are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Minnesota may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.

Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.

Minnesota SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Minnesota is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 5,” which is headquartered in Chicago. There are 1 hearing office in Minnesota. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Minnesota and National Averages.

The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.

The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.

The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.

Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2019)
National Average15.453452.7%
Minnesota Average19.965743.8%
MINNEAPOLIS19.965743.8%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, the Minneapolis office has longer than average wait times at around 19.9 months. The approval rating for this office is below the national average by 8.9%.

These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.

Hearing Offices in Minnesota & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Minnesota. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.

Hearing Office Region 5 Minneapolis SSA, OHO
Suite 300 250 Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
(877) 512-3856 (612) 348-1255 (877) 904-5482
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA: Austin, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Duluth, Fairmont, Hibbing, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Winona
WISCONSIN: Superior


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List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Minnesota

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
MINNEAPOLIS MNSUITE 11811 CHICAGO AVEMINNEAPOLISMN(800) 772-1213
DULUTH MNSTE 400/U S BANK BG130 W SUPERIOR STDULUTHMN(855) 863-3560
ST PAUL MNSTE N650332 MINNESOTA STST PAULMN(800) 772-1213
MANKATO MNSTE 1550 MANKATO PL12 CIVIC CNTR PLAZAMANKATOMN(877) 457-1734
ST CLOUD MNSUITE 1003800 VETERANS DRIVESAINT CLOUDMN(800) 772-1213
WINONA MNCHOATE BLDG/STE 30753 E THIRD STWINONAMN(877) 600-2853
MARSHALL MNSUITE B507 JEWETT STREETMARSHALLMN(855) 210-0122
BEMIDJI MN2900 HANNAH AVE NWBEMIDJIMN(866) 258-6345
HIBBING MN1122 E 25TH STREETHIBBINGMN(866) 964-4320
AUSTIN MN404 2ND STREET NWAUSTINMN(866) 504-5010
ROCHESTER MNSUITE 1002443 CLARE LN NEROCHESTERMN(877) 405-3631
FAIRMONT MNSUITE 70400 S. STATE STFAIRMONTMN(877) 405-0414
BRAINERD LAKES AREA MN8331 BRANDON ROADBAXTERMN(866) 331-9087
BROOKLYN CENTERBROOKLYN XNG OFC PARK3280 NORTHWAY DRIVEBROOKLYN CENTERMN(800) 772-1213
BLOOMINGTONSUITE 1006161 AMERICAN BLVD WBLOOMINGTONMN(800) 772-1213
ALEXANDRIA MNSUITE 7012633 JEFFERSON STALEXANDRIAMN(888) 224-8869
FERGUS FALLS MN1023 W LINCOLN AVEFERGUS FALLSMN(800) 772-1213
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

About Citizens Disability, LLC:

Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.