What is a Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)



What Are Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)? Veterans now have more control over the disability claims process. Veterans can visit a private health care provider instead of a VA facility to complete their disability evaluation form. Veterans can have their providers fill out any of the more than 70 DBQs appropriate for their conditions and submit them to us. It's that easy!



Where can I see a listing of the Questionnaires?


Visit our DBQ List by Form Name or DBQ List by Symptom pages to see the available forms.



Who fills them out?


For VA exams, a VA clinician will fill out the DBQ. If a private provider is seen, have them complete the DBQ and submit it to us either by Regional Office Fax Numbers or mail.



Where can I get more information?


See our DBQ Frequently Asked Questions for more information. You can also call us at 1-800-827-1000 or Ask us a Question. DBQs also help support VA's Fully Developed Claims (FDC) Program. DBQs are valuable for claims processing because they provide medical information directly relevant to determining a disability rating. When submitted with a fully developed claim, DBQs ensure VA's rating specialists have precisely the information they need to start processing the claim.






When you contact your Dr. to schedule an appointment, it’s best to tell your Dr. the purpose of the visit.  This will allow the clinic to schedule you for the appropriate amount of time. Although the exam should take no longer than 15-20 minutes, your Dr. may not be familiar with the VA DBQ form, requiring additional time.  Try to schedule a 30min to 1hour appointment as not to rush through the exam. In most cases, Your Paying for the exam, so get your monies worth!


  • You may have multiple conditions requiring multiple DBQ’s, so plan your Dr. appoints appropriately.  Do not schedule more than two DBQ exams in one visit; your Dr. will not have the appropriate time to evaluate all your condition effectively.  If you need to schedule multiple visits; Do So!


  • Obtain the most recent copy of your VA Medical Records from the Request of Information Office (ROI) at the main VA Hospital located 6900 N. Pecos.  If you have been treated for more than a year at any VA Medical Center, request your files on a “Disk/CD.” Doing this will cut down on paper waste, and it gives your Dr. the ability to search your medical files electronically; through a PDF viewer. After you schedule your appointment, ask if you can drop off the DBQ Questionnaire and a copy of your VA Medical Records before your appointment.  Doing this will allow Dr. time to get familiar with the DBQ and review your medical records before visiting.  Having only a 30-60 min exam is insufficient time for your doctor to review your medical records and fill out the 5-page DBQ.


  • Be on time; you’ll need all the time you can get to cover all your medical conditions.  During the exam, be brutally honest about your condition; do not downplay your condition; your Dr. wants to know how your condition affects you on your worst day. 


  • Speak Up! If you are unsure what the Dr. is asking you, Say something; ask your doctor to be more specific.    Although you may not understand the medical information on a DBQ, it’s best to look at the DBQ yourself to get familiar with the questions.