TN 9 (02-85)

GN 00302.290 Proof of Age Requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

A. General

To be eligible for payments to the aged under the SSI program, an applicant must be 65 years old or older. The procedures in GN 00302.100GN 00302.125 apply also to SSI applicants under age 68.

Special procedures apply to SSI applicants who are 68 or older, or who are applying concurrently for title II or XVIII. The SSI applicant for payments for the aged need not establish an exact DB, but only that he/she is at least 65 years old.

In addition, it is necessary to establish age for those blind or disabled applicants who are near age 65, or under age 22 where age is material to eligibility.

B. Procedure

Use the following procedure to establish the DB for SSI applicant.

IF the applicant



Had his/her DB previously established for titles II, XVI, or XVIII purposes


Use the DB previously established as shown on the

  • MBR, or

  • Query reply, or

  • Microfiche, or

  • If the applicant presents a Medicare card effective before 7/1/73, accept this as evidence that he/she has reached the required age.

Established his/her DB in connection with an SSN application


Use the DB established on the Numident as shown by an IDN code of P or B

NOTE: Question the P or B code if shown with a foreign place of birth

Has already established a DB for title II purposes that makes him/her ineligible for SSI

Submits new evidence to reopen the prior determination

See GN 04010.030 for instructions about reopenings based on new and material evidence, and see GN 04030.010 for instructions about the effect of a revised birth date more than four years after the initial determination.

NOTE: A prior title II determination precludes adjudication and payment of the SSI claim until it is determined whether the title II determination should be revised based on the new evidence.

Alleges to be age 68 or older

Has not previously established his/her DB for titles II, XVI, or XVIII purposes or is concurrently filing; has not previously established his or her DB in connection with an SSN application

Use any documentary evidence (including the NUMIDENT or other SSA record) established at least 3 years before the date the application is filed, and use the following procedure to establish the DB. (Note that a NUMIDENT query must be obtained and included in the file—see GN 00302.100C. )




  • There are no discrepancies, and by all evidence in file the claimant is age 68 or older as of the filing date of the application, then establish the DB as alleged.

  • There is a discrepancy in the evidence, but by all DB's indicated by the various documents the claimant would be age 68 or older, then establish the DB supported by the evidence of greatest probative value.

  • There is a discrepancy in the evidence which indicates that the claimant may be younger than age 68, then develop the DB under the normal title II proof-of-age procedures.

Examples of evidence:

Acceptable evidence includes such readily available sources as:

  • Insurance policies

  • Family Bible

  • Marriage record

  • Children's BC's

  • Hospital admission record

  • Driver's license

  • Hunting license

  • Fishing license

  • Voter's record

Is blind or disabled