TN 3 (03-01)
RM 01361.005 Address Record (PL2)
The information in this section is not applicable while mailing of the Social Security Statement is suspended. See information on accessing earnings information using the MySocialSecurity web portal in OA 00205.010.
The mailing address is the last information to be keyed.
B. Description of PL2 Address
There are three lines available to key the name of the addressee and/or organization and one line to key the city and state.
A maximum of 30 characters is permitted on each of the first three lines and 21 characters on the last line.
The 31st position on each of the three lines, is reserved for a system-generated comma (,) to delimit the end of the line. The comma appears on the output file and does not appear on the screen. The comma (,) is generated when the ENTER key is depressed.
The 22nd position of the last line is reserved for a system-generated period (.) to delimit the end of the field. The period appears on the output file and does not appear on the screen. The period (.) is generated when the ENTER key is depressed. The system does not allow data to be entered in this position. An error message will indicate an invalid entry.
The comma (,) and period (.) help the main system, Generalized Earnings Statement System (GESS) determine how the address should be formatted on the output form.
1. Addressee's Name
This is a 111-position field. Line 1, 30 position field 126 – 155), line 2, 30 position field (156 – 185), line 3, 30 position field (186 – 215) and line 4, 21 position field (216 – 236.) This field is automatically skipped.
a. Keying Each Field in PL2
If the addressee's name is not provided or the number holder's name is the same, do not key the number holder's name.
The GESS system will automatically provide the number holder's name (NH) in the “AD” field.
If the request is considered a “third party” request e.g. is being mailed to someone other than the number holder, the GESS system will automatically enter the number holder's name in the “AD” field. Key C/O the person or organization to whom the information is being sent on line one of the mailing address.
b. Examples - Surname is Different from “NH” Line
There are times the requester uses a different surname in the mailing address field on the request, e.g., because of a recent marriage. In this case, if the surname is different from the "NH" line, key the name shown on address line 1. See the following examples:
Item 1 “NH” - Sharon Jaslow
Mailing Address - Sharon Smith
Do not key Sharon Smith on address line 1 of the mailing address.
Note: The GESS system will automatically generate Sharon Jaslow in the mailing address.
Item 1 “NH” - Margie J Walker
Mailing Address line 1 - Jean Walker
Do not key the name – The GESS system will automatically generate Margie J Walker in the mailing address. Jean is her middle name.
NH line - Frank Robert J Bauman
Mailing address line 1 - R J Bauman
Do not key the name – The GESS system will automatically generate Frank Robert Bauman in the mailing address.
NH line- Jose Rodriquez-Diaz
Mailing address line 1 - Jose Rodriquez or Jose Diaz
Do not key the name – The GESS system will automatically generate Jose Rodriques Diaz in the mailing address.
2. Mailing Address (AD)
This is a 111-position field (126 – 236).
a. Full Address is Given
Enter the street number, name (route number, post office box number, etc.) city and state to which the requested information is to be mailed. If a slash (/), hyphen (-) and/or ampersand (&) are shown in the address, key as shown. Do not enter periods (.) or commas (,). Enter the data as if you were addressing a letter.
CAUTION: Modify the mailing address when necessary to remain within the 30 character limitation per line. Always use the state abbreviation. See RM 01361.120 for special instructions for keying the address field.
b. Full Address Not Given
Use “Direct Contact” procedures to contact the number holder. Destroy the request if unable to contact the number holder.
NOTE: It is no longer necessary to key the city and state when a Zip Code is available. If a Zip Code is not available, the city and state must be keyed.
See RM 01361.120 for special instructions for keying the AD field.
3. ZIP Code (ZP)
This is a 9-position field (237 - 245).
NOTE: The field will accept a 5-digit or 9-digit Zip Code.
a. City, State and Zip Code Are Available
Depress the “Enter” key for the city and state fields and key the Zip Code. The system will automatically generate the city and state int