If a conflict exists between any of the evidence regarding the date of death (i.e.,
allegations by the claimant, the date of death indicated on SSA systems records such
as the NUMIDENT, or evidence gathered per GN 00304.005 - GN 00304.050), determine if the conflict would affect a claimant’s eligibility for a benefit or
the amount of a benefit. If the conflict would affect a claimant’s eligibility for
a benefit or the amount of a benefit, follow the procedures in GN 00304.001D.3. to resolve the conflict. If the conflict would not affect a claimant’s eligibility
for a benefit or the amount of a benefit, accept the date of death indicated by the
first piece of evidence, per the order of evidence, as instructed in GN 00304.005- GN 00304.050.
EXAMPLE: A date of death discrepancy would be material if the month or year is in conflict,
or if the difference is between the last day of one month and the first day of the
following month. In these situations, the date of death conflict affects the right
to benefits for either the deceased wage earner or survivors on that record. However,
a discrepant day within the same month and year, even if the first of the month is
involved, would not make a difference in benefit termination for life benefits or
eligibility month for survivor benefits.