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 New Mexico – 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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in New Mexico – 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 New Mexico 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)
New Mexico34.0%15.9%52.2%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:-1.2%3.4%-1.7%

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As the table shows, New Mexico is just a touch worse than the national average. New Mexico falls behind at the Initial Application and Hearing levels by just over 1%. New Mexico does however perform better at the Hearing level by being ahead by 3.4%.

New Mexico Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Mexico34.0%33.6%34.7%40.8%41.2%38.5%38.9%31.2%34.4%
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, New Mexico has averaged above and below of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. Currently New Mexico is just below the national average. In 2018, New Mexico ranked 37th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have declined in New Mexico over the last few years, they still are below the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

New Mexico Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Mexico15.9%13.1%18.2%18.2%16.4%19.7%19.9%10.3%12.9%
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, New Mexico has generally been better than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, New Mexico ranked 14th 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.

New Mexico Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Mexico52.2%55.8%54.9%57.2%62.4%65.4%68.1%70.7%73.0%
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, New Mexico has been rapidly declining. New Mexico is now lower than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, New Mexico ranked 29th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

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


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New Mexico SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

New Mexico is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 6,” which is headquartered in Dallas. There are 2 hearing offices in New Mexico. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to New Mexico 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%
New Mexico Average16.249539.0%
ALBUQUERQUE12.649546.0%
ALBUQUERQUE NHC19.9#N/A29.8%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, New Mexico as a whole averages longer wait times than national average. However, this is due to one of the offices having a very long average. The Albuquerque office has a 12.6 month average whereas the Albuquerque NHC office has a 19.9 month average. Both offices however have lower than average approval rates, the highest being only 46%.

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 New Mexico & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in New Mexico. 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 6 Albuquerque SSA, OHO
Suite 200 555 Broadway
NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(866) 731-3998 • (505) 346-7862 • (877) 559-1913
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Gallup, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Santa Fe

Hearing Office Region 6 NHC Albuquerque SSA, OHO, NHC
Suite 400 201 3rd Street
NW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(866) 964-1298 • (866) 580-1211 • (877) 311-3322
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

National Hearing Center Region 6 Albuquerque Satellite Office of Albuquerque NHC SSA, OHO
Suite 201 555 Broadway Boulevard
NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(855) 861-7072 • (505) 243-1066 • (877) 580-1211
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in New Mexico

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
ALBUQUERQUE NMSUITE 100500 LEAD AVE SWALBUQUERQUENM(800) 772-1213
ROSWELL NMROOM 122500 N RICHARDSONROSWELLNM(866) 563-9470
SANTA FE NM1922 5TH STREETSANTA FENM(866) 571-8130
GALLUP NM2070 EAST AZTEC AVENUEGALLUPNM(888) 810-3744
CLOVIS NM1208 ARCINEIGA DRCLOVISNM(866) 931-9945
LAS CRUCES NM2141 SUMMIT COURTLAS CRUCESNM(866) 563-9294
FARMINGTON NM4650 N BUTLERFARMINGTONNM(866) 931-7656
RIO RANCHO NM4433 JAGER DR NERIO RANCHONM(800) 772-1213
HOBBS NM501 E BENDER BLVDHOBBSNM(866) 254-2611
LAS VEGAS NM2520 RIDGE RUNNER RDLAS VEGASNM(866) 635-0856
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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.