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 Nevada – 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 Nevada 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 Nevada below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Nevada – 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 Nevada 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)
Nevada34.0%12.9%46.3%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:-1.2%0.4%-7.6%

As the table shows, Nevada is overall under performing at all three levels. Nevada was below at Initial Application by 1.2%, ahead by only 0.4% at Reconsideration, and down by a whopping 7.6% at the Hearing level.

Nevada Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Nevada34.0%33.3%37.1%39.9%38.2%39.2%36.5%36.1%37.7%
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, Nevada has been getting worse than the national average in Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Nevada ranked 36th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have declined in Nevada over the last few years, they are currently worse than the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Nevada Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Nevada12.9%14.0%14.9%15.9%13.7%17.1%17.8%15.9%15.9%
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, Nevada has been slowly declining down towards the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Nevada ranked 27th 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.

Nevada Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Nevada46.3%49.0%51.3%46.5%46.6%44.5%50.0%62.9%83.8%
National Average53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Nevada has had a sharp drop in approval rate compared to the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Nevada ranked 43rd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Nevada 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 Nevada 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.

Nevada SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Nevada is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 9,” which is headquartered in San Francisco. There are 2 hearing offices in Nevada. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Nevada 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%
Nevada Average17.857834.8%
LAS VEGAS17.759236.5%
RENO17.856330.6%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, you may have to wait longer than normal because the wait times are around 2 months longer at all offices in Nevada. The approval rates also do not look good either with all offices performing well below average. The best office they have is is still 16.2% below the national average.

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.


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Hearing Offices in Nevada & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Nevada. 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 9 Las Vegas SSA, OHO
Suite 4452 333 Las Vegas Boulevard,
South Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(888) 397-5623 • (702) 471-0338 • (877) 730-3360
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEVADA: Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas
UTAH: Cedar City Resident Station, St. George

Hearing Office Region 9 Reno SSA, OHO
Suite 4000 300 Booth Street
Reno, Nevada 89509
(877) 897-0607 • (775) 348-9934 • (877) 871-1885
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEVADA: Elko, Reno

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Nevada

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
RENO NV1170 HARVARD WAYRENONV(888) 808-5481
LAS VEGAS NVSUITE 1501250 S BUFFALO DRLAS VEGASNV(800) 772-1213
HENDERSON NV10416 S EASTERN AVENUEHENDERSONNV(800) 772-1213
NORTH LAS VEGAS NV4340 SIMMONS STREETNORTH LAS VEGASNV(800) 772-1213
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

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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.