TN 60 (08-18)

GN 00307.542 Evidence from Honduras

A. Introduction to evaluating evidence from Honduras

Vital statistics records from Honduras are not reliable. All paper documents issued by the Registro Nacional de las Personas (birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates) are highly vulnerable to fraud. Those records registered significantly after the event they document should receive additional scrutiny.

B. Policy for accepting evidence from Honduras

We do not accept evidence from Honduras at face value.

C. Procedure for developing evidence from Honduras

1. Obtaining evidence of age for people born in Honduras

If the claimant lives in the United States, develop for convincing evidence of age as explained in GN 00302.115, GN 00302.118, and GN 00302.125.

If the claimant resides outside the United States, develop for other evidence to prove age as explained in GN 00307.150C.2b

2. Obtaining evidence of other events that occurred in Honduras

Do not ask the claimant to submit further evidence from Honduras. Develop for secondary evidence or other non-Honduran evidence according to the evidentiary requirements for the type of claim filed. For information on determining what evidence SSA requires, see GN 00301.140. Obtain evidence issued at least five years before the claimant first filed for benefits. If the event occurred less than five years before the claimant first filed for benefits, obtain evidence issued as close to the event date as possible.

3. Verification of evidence from Honduras

Follow these instructions to verify evidence from Honduras

a. When to request verification of evidence from Honduras

Request verification of evidence from Honduras only if:

  1. 1. 

    There is no secondary non-Honduran evidence; or

  2. 2. 

    We cannot make a decision based on the other evidence; or

  3. 3. 

    The verified Honduran document would be sufficient to establish:

    1. a. 

      the factor of entitlement or

    2. b. 

      a more advantageous date as explained in GN 00204.040.

b. How to request verification of evidence from Honduras

If any of the situations in GN 00307.542.C.3.a in this section apply, take the following steps:

  1. 1. 

    Scan a clear and complete copy (front and back) of the document into the electronic folder using the Non-Disability Repository for Evidentiary Documents (NDRed).For an overview of NDRed, see GN 00301.319 and GN 00301.310.

  2. 2. 

    Access the Electronic 562 and prepare a “Request for Assistance/Certification of Documents or Records” as follows:

    1. a. 

      Request that the Regional Federal Benefits Officer (RFBO) obtain assistance from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) or the Foreign Service Post (FSP), if needed.

    2. b. 

      Include a remark that the document is available in the Claims File User Interface (CFUI), see SM 08001.000.

    3. c. 

      Specify in the request that we require a personal examination of the source record. (Examining the source record reveals whether the document is accurate, unaltered, and made at the time stated).

    4. d. 

      Ask the RFBO to have the FBU or the FSP (if needed), obtain a current certification, if the verification shows that the claimant submitted a document that differs materially from the source record.

    5. e. 

      Do not send the SSA-562 directly to the RFBO. Send the form to office code E15 in the International Benefits Office (IBO), the Office of Earnings and International Operations (OEIO), Division of International Operations (DIO). For information on requesting assistance in foreign cases, see GN 00904.220.

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