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Visit the Choose Work Website linked below for more information and resources on Ticket to Work.

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Additional Resources

Ticket to Work Help Line

  • 1-866-968-7842

  • 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)


Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) employment program for Social Security disability beneficiaries between ages 18 and 64 who can and want to work. The goal of Ticket to Work is to increase opportunity and choice for Social Security disability beneficiaries in obtaining no-cost employment support.

The Ticket to Work program is flexible and voluntary. Beneficiaries are encouraged to research and contact Employment Networks (ENs) to discuss services. Once an agreement between the beneficiary and the EN is reached, the two will work together to develop an Individual Work Plan (IWP) to assist the beneficiary in reaching his or her employment goal. A beneficiary can assign their Ticket to one EN at a time.

Any organization contracting with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide services under the Ticket to Work program is designated as an Employment Network (EN) by SSA. Social Security disability beneficiaries can research Employment Networks serving their area online at choosework.ssa.gov. Not all Employment Networks are the same and services can vary.

As an Employment Network, we are available to support your job search and career goals by utilizing workforce resource and training services found at all Virginia Career Works – Northern Career Centers. Your Ticket to Work case manager will work with you to meet your employment goals, navigate available workforce services and provide on-going support and benefits counseling once you start work.

If you receive disability cash benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and are between the ages 18 and 64 you probably have a Ticket! Your Ticket number is your social security number.

We can check your Ticket for you or you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 TTY.

There are two disability benefit programs under the Social Security Administration: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To find out which benefit you receive (or both) you can request a benefit verification letter online through your my Social Security account. To set up or use your account go to Sign In Or Create An Account.

You can also call SSA toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST)

No. Ticket to Work is Social Security Administration (SSA) program designed for SSA disability beneficiaries.

No. However, the Social Security Administration website offers a lot of helpful information to get you started and complete your application online. See their video, Helpful Tips for Applying Online.

There may be community organizations available in your area who can assist you with the application process. Your local Center for Independent Living is one resource that might be able to help you get started in your search.

Yes. Short-term job skills training may be available through co-enrollment in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. Training is contingent on federal eligibility requirements and funding. For more information, please see our WIOA Program page.

No. However, we provide referrals to community partners who serve current and aspiring entrepreneurs, such as the Community Business Partnership and the Fairfax Economic Development Authority. For information on resources to fund your small business goals, please see:

Yes and no. Your Ticket cannot be assigned to DARS (or any state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency) and to Virginia Career Works – Northern under the Ticket to Work program at the same time. If you have an open case with DARS your Ticket may already be assigned to DARS and therefore we would be unable to assist you with Ticket to Work specific services.

However, if DARS helps you get a job and your case is closed you can request your Ticket to be transferred to Virginia Career Works – Northern for continued services upon exit. These services can assist you with ongoing employment needs and benefits counseling.

Please note that all Virginia Career Works – Northern center resources and programs (contingent on program specific eligibility) remain available to you while working with DARS.

No. Some Employment Networks are employers and work under a model that allows them to hire their program participants. Virginia Career Works – Northern does not operate under this model. Our services include personalized assistance to help you prepare for the competitive job market, plus long-term support once you start work.