Before entitlement to DIB can begin, the number holder (NH) must have served a waiting
period consisting of 5 full calendar months unless the NH meets the condition found
in DI 10105.075.
This period is long enough to permit most temporary disabilities to be corrected or
for the individual to show definite signs of probable recovery.
The waiting period begins in the first month, no earlier than 17 months prior to the
month of filing, (18 months prior to January 1973), in which:
The NH has been under a disability for the entire month; i.e., the date of onset is
on or before the first day of the month; and
The NH has DIB insured status.
See RS 00301.120 for the effect which the freeze provisions have upon DIB insured status when the
date of onset occurs more than 17 months prior to the month of filing, (18 months
prior to January 1973).
Entitlement to the DIB begins with the first full calendar month after the waiting
period in which all other requirements are met, except where the NH limits the retroactivity
of the application. For cases involving statutory blindness, see DI 10105.070D.
IMPORTANT: See NOTE: in DI 11015.020C.2. regarding a circumstance that does not require disability to exist throughout the