TN 15 (02-92)
GN 00302.040 Evidence Required for Claimants Age 73 or Older
There is an exception to the normal proof-of-age requirements for claimants who are age 73 or older. A lesser standard of evidence may be used for these individuals.
If a claimant filed an application alleging to be age 73 or older, his/her DB may be determined on the basis of two documents provided both records
Were recorded at least 5 years prior to the filing date of the current application, and
Indicate that he/she is at least age 73.
A public or religious record of birth established before age 5 need not be requested and no written DB determination need be prepared. Use the alleged DB.
For instructions about proof of age tolerances that may apply, see "Evidence of Age - Tolerances" in GN 00302.030.
Studies have shown that this evidence will be reliable in establishing that a person is within 3 years of the age shown (rather than an exact DB). Since a 3-year age difference normally is not material when a person files at age 73, this rule can generally be used.
Follow GN 00302.050 if:
Any evidence shows the claimant may be under age 73, and the tolerance in GN 00302.030 does not apply, or
An age discrepancy affects the computation of insured status, benefit amount, or SMI premium amount.