TN 9 (11-23)

DI 81007.040 i3820 - Child Disability Report

This subchapter contains information specific to the i3820.

A. i3820 - History

SSA made the original version of the i3820 available for public use on a very limited basis on July 2003. Internet Users (IU) could submit the i3820, but Electronic Disability Collect System (EDCS) users were not able to propagate i3820 information into EDCS until the following month. SSA implemented the i3820 nationally in November 2003.

The i3820 is for Title XVI child disability claims. IUs can start and complete an i3820 for any child at any time from date of birth up to attainment of age 18. Since SSA does not offer an online Title XVI application, the i3820 is a standalone service.

B. Protective filing date

If specific criteria are met, receipt of any version of an SSA-3820 (i3820) by SSA may serve as a protective writing for Title XVI benefits for a child. Follow the guidelines in SI 00601.012 through SI 00601.025 to determine the protective filing date.

When the IU establishes an i3820 partial, the system tells the IU that the date the IU started the i3820 is a protective filing date. At that time, the i3820 also issues a closeout notice on the webpage. The closeout notice states that the IU must submit a signed formal application to SSA within 60 days of the date they first started completing the online disability report. Failure to submit a valid application by the end of the closeout period results in loss of the protective filing date.

The closeout period starts with the date the user establishes the i3820 partial. The closeout period ends 60 days later. If the IU does not submit a valid application within 60 days of the date the IU started the i3820, the IU may start a new i3820, which establishes a new protective filing date and a new 60-day closeout period. The closeout period does not change if an IU establishes a subsequent i3820 partial prior to the end of the 60-day closeout period of the first i3820 partial. The original protective filing date still applies. Starting a second partial within the 60-day closeout period locks the first, making it inaccessible to the IU.

C. Who can use the i3820

IUs can establish an i3820 partial for Title XVI child disability benefits. The child and the IU must meet certain requirements. The child must

  • Have a Social Security number;

  • Be under age18 (an i3820 can be established in the month a child attains age 18, if started before the day of attainment);

  • Not have been denied disability benefits within the previous 60 days; and

  • Reside in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.

The IU must:

  • Not be a child completing the i3820 for themselves; and

  • Reside in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.

D. FO receives both an i3820 and a paper SSA-3820

If an IU submits both a paper SSA-3820 and an i3820:

  • Determine whether the paper SSA-3820 establishes an earlier protective filing date;

  • Propagate the i3820 into the Electronic Disability Collect System (EDCS);

  • Resolve any discrepancies between the i3820 and paper 3820.


CAL is an effort to expedite disability determinations for claimants whose medical conditions invariably result in allowances. The i3820 has one feature related to the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative, iCAL.

The i3820 does not collect a list of the child’s impairments in the same manner as the i3368. Instead, the IU enters a prose narrative into a free-form text box that allows the user to enter up to 1000 characters. The iCAL feature in the i3820 screens IU’s description of the child’s medical conditions for the word “cancer.” If the i3820 finds the word “cancer” in the text, it displays a pop-up message on the IU’s screen. The message instructs the IU to specify the type of cancer and stage of the cancer, if not already shown.

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