An individual may authorize a third party to act on his or her behalf. This person
is known as an “authorized representative” and the individual must name him or her in writing. (This includes attorneys.) (See
GN 03900.000 for more information about authorized representatives.)
An authorized representative may see the individual's record only as permitted by
the authorization. This is not considered access but, rather, disclosure with consent
or disclosure for a routine use.
NOTE: Form SSA-1696-U4 (Appointment of Representative) authorizes the representative to
obtain information from the claimant's file.