Use the claimant's actual or last known physical residence when transmitting the disability
claim to the DDS. The physical residence determines DDS jurisdiction, not his or her
mailing address. When transmitting a case to the DDS for a determination, send it
to the DDS in the state where:
The claimant physically resides or if unknown, his or her last known residence.
If the claimant is living in the U.S. but using an Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet
Post Office (FPO) (see NL 01510.010 Use of Army Post Office (APO), Diplomatic Post Office (DPO), and Fleet Post Office
(FPO) Addresses), obtain the individual's home address and send the case to the DDS
in the state where he or she physically resides or is last known to have resided.
If a qualified representative files on behalf of a claimant, transmit the case to
the DDS in the state where the claimant physically resides or where his or her last
known residence is located.
If claimant resides outside the U.S. refer to DI 11010.275 Sending Cases to Office of Central Operations/Office of International Operations
State jurisdiction does not change if the claimant is absent (or expects to be absent)
from the state for 60 days or less. For example, if the claimant has his or her home
in Illinois but is temporarily (60 days or less) hospitalized in Indiana at the time
of transmittal to the DDS, the claimant is determined to be residing in Illinois and
the claim should be sent to the Illinois DDS.