RM 10225.080 Policy on Social Security Number (SSN) Applications on Behalf of Deceased Persons
A. Assigning an SSN after death
There are circumstances which may require the field office (FO) to assign an SSN after a person's death. The FO must evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis. Examples of SSN after death requests include:
A benefit claim which would allow for the payment of survivors' benefits (e.g., the survivors of a deceased alien not allowed to present evidence that the insured status requirements have been met). For additional insured status requirements that must be met in this situation, see RS 00301.102.
A parent who requests an SSN for a deceased child when an SSN was not obtained through the Enumeration at Birth (EAB) process.
NOTE: FOs should not assign an SSN merely to process a claim for benefits to a denial or to obtain an SSN for a deceased child so that the parent(s) may claim the child as an exemption. For information on claiming exemptions, please visit IRS.gov.
GN 01010.420, Abandoned Claim Disallowances
B. Important references for SSN requests for deceased persons
RM 10225.085, Field Office Procedure for Handling Requests for an Original Social Security Number (SSN) for a Deceased Person
RM 10225.090, Request for Replacement Social Security Card (SSN Card) for a Deceased Person
RM 10225.095, Request to Update Data on the Numident for a Deceased Person
GN 02602.055, Erroneous Death Terminations
For additional information, see the SSNAP User Guide.