TN 4 (03-11)

GN 00501.013 Explanations for Types of Payees

NOTE: The descriptions for types of payees and types of custodians are the same.

In the Electronic Representative Payee System, we no longer use the custody code “PYE” (payee is custodian). An explanation of the various types of payees are in GN 00501.013A.

A. Types of payees

1. Individual payees

The types of individual payees are:




The wife or husband of the beneficiary. This includes a “de facto,” “common-law,” or “holding out” spouse.


The natural or adoptive father of the beneficiary.


The natural or adoptive mother of the beneficiary.


The spouse of the child's natural or adoptive mother.


The spouse of the child's natural or adoptive father.


The grandmother or grandfather of the beneficiary. This includes an adoptive grandparent, step-grandparent, or great-grandparent.


The son or daughter of the beneficiary. This includes a stepchild.


Any other person not described above who is related to the beneficiary by blood or marriage.

Other (Individual)

Any person not described above. This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • a friend,

  • an unrelated “volunteer” payee,

  • an unrelated guardian,

  • a room and board provider, and

  • an applicant or payee normally classified as an organization, but has no Employer Identification Number (EIN).

2. Types of institutional payees

Institutional payees are an organizational payee subgroup. The types of institutional payees are:




An institution funded and operated by an entity of the federal government. A typical example is a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) hospital.

State and Local

An institution funded and operated by a State or local government. Typical examples are State psychiatric institutions, county developmental centers for individuals with Intellectual Disability and State hospitals.
NOTE: We classify all onsite review institutions listed as State and local mental institutions, and code them as "SLM."
REMEMBER: An onsite review institution can only be established or updated in the Representative Payee System (RPS) by the Office of Income Security Programs (OISP), Office of Rep Payee and Due Process (ORPDP), Representative Payee Team

Private, For-Profit

A private or for-profit is an institution operated by an individual or corporation to make a profit. Examples of these institutions are: privately owned nursing homes, board and care homes, and extended care facilities.


Non-profit means any not-for-profit, non-governmental institution. Typical examples are homes operated by religious organizations and charities.

Institutional Payee Subtypes

Each type of institutional applicant/payee is further classified as either:

  • a mental facility, which cares primarily for individuals with mental disorders, or

  • a non-mental (or other) facility, which cares primarily for individuals with physical disorders.

3. Other types of organizational payees