TN 31 (08-05)

GN 00307.672 “Boletas” and “Constancias” From Mexico

A. Introduction

Civil authorities often issue “boletas” or “constancias” as receipts at the time a birth is registered. These documents do not contain recordation dates.

Occasionally, a “boleta” issued by a religious authority is submitted as proof of age.

B. Policy

1. Civil Records

SSA accepts a “boleta” or “constancia” at face value and assumes the birth was registered at the time the document was issued if it:

  1. Appears to be genuine and made at the time purported; and

  2. Contains no alterations or additions; and

  3. Is signed by the issuing official, is dated and bears the seal/stamp of the civil registry.

Whether such a receipt is evidence of age without further documentation depends on the content of the individual document. For example, some “boletas” and “constancias” do not contain the name of the child; some do not show the date of birth (simply that a birth was registered); some indicate a birth was registered many years after the event. The type of development undertaken depends on the nature of the missing data (see GN 00302.460 - GN 00302.485).

2. Religious Records

SSA evaluates a “boleta” or “constancia” issued by a religious authority under the criteria in GN 00307.672B.1.a.-GN 00307.672B.1.c.

Since very few such documents are signed and dated by the issuing agency, they are normally not considered as evidence of age for Social Security purposes.


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GN 00307.672 - "Boletas" and "Constancias" From Mexico - 08/26/2005
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:08/26/2005