TN 31 (08-05)
Although preferred evidence of age is available for most individuals born in Greece,
except as provided in GN 00307.520, little reliance can be placed on most certifications of Greek records. Certifications
of public and private records are often misleading or do not accurately reflect the
records on which they are based.
The primary source of evidence of age is the mitroon
arrenon (as explained in GN 00307.519). A birth record from the lixiarchika vivlia is also preferred evidence if recorded before age 5.
Although evidence of age established before age 5 exists, there is no one primary
source of evidence for all women.
The lixiarchika vivlia is the primary source of evidence of age (as explained in GN 00307.520).
NOTE: The lixiarchika vivlia records were generally established in 1950 or later in the Dodecanese. Thus, for persons
born in the Dodecanese, it is preferred evidence only if they were born after 1949.
SSA does not make any assumptions about recordation dates, except as provided in GN 00307.519C. and GN 00307.522B.2.
Except as provided in GN 00307.520, SSA does not use evidence from Greece to establish age or DB unless it has been
secured or verified by the FBU in Athens.
SSA DOES NOT TELL A CLAIMANT TO WRITE DIRECTLY TO THE CUSTODIAN OF RECORDS IN GREECE. All development
for evidence of age must be through the FBU in Athens.
SSA instructs individuals born after 1933 to request a lixiarchika
vivlia (if they do not already have one) directly from the registrar in the town or village
in which they were born. Requests for all other evidence of age must be made through
EXCEPTION: Evidence of age for individuals born in the Dodecanese before 1950 is handled as explained
in GN 00307.518B.1. and GN 00307.518B.2.