You must establish relationship, custody, and responsibility in every case when the
person who signs (either electronically through SSNAP or on a paper SS-5) the application
is not the person to whom we will issue the card. Once it is clear that no one higher
on the priority list exists and you have established relationship, custody, and responsibility,
consider the individual a proper applicant.
When the applicant is not a proper applicant, or cannot establish relationship and
custody, return the application and evidence and provide the individual with a written
notice per Providing Written Notice and Second Review When SSN or Card Cannot Be Issued,