3.10. Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)
Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are downloadable forms for Veterans to use in the disability evaluation process. DBQs can help speed the processing of compensation and pension claims.
DBQs allow Veterans and Service-members to have more control over their disability claims process by giving them the option of completing an examination with their own healthcare provider instead of at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility.
DBQs enable private healthcare providers to capture important information needed by VA to accurately evaluate and promptly decide Veterans' claims for benefits.
More than 70 DBQs are available that use check boxes and standardized language to streamline the process. DBQs average about five pages in length. Veterans are responsible for any fees their private provider may charge for completing a DBQ.
The DBQ process involves four steps:
- Access the form online and download it;
- Have your healthcare provider complete the form;
- Save a copy for your records; and
- Submit the form to VA.
The public facing DBQs have been published and are available as of March 1, 2021, at the following link below or they can be found in our VA Commonly Used Forms section of our Knowledge Books.