Friday, November 18, 2011
Don't Waste Your Money: SSA Extends Age Restriction on SS-5s
Posted by Diane
I wanted to draw your attention to a post on Megan Smolenyak's Roots World blog about a disturbing change to the Social Security Administration's policy on fulfilling requests for relatives' for Social Security applications (called SS-5 forms):
The SSA will block out parents' names on the SS-5 you requested if the applicant was born less than 100 years ago and you don't provide proof the parents are deceased.
If you requested the SS-5 in order to learn those parents' names in the first place, of course, you can't prove they're deceased. And you're out the nonrefundable $27 fee you sent with your request.
I haven't heard a public announcement from the SSA about this policy. Smolenyak learned of the change after requesting an SS-5.
This comes on the heels of the SSA's removal of "protected" death records from the Death Master File, the source of the Social Security Death Index.
Read Smolenyak's post here.
Friday, November 18, 2011 12:24:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)