A child whose entitlement to child's benefits ended with the month preceding the month
the child attained age 18, or with a subsequent month, may be re-entitled on the same
earnings record upon filing a new application without re-establishing dependency if
he or she:
still qualifies as the number holder’s (NH) child per GN 00306.000; and
has not married since he or she last became entitled to benefits, unless the marriage
was void or annulled. For more information on void marriages and annulment, see GN 00305.125 through GN 00305.135.
NOTE: A marriage that ended by death or divorce precludes re-entitlement on the same parent’s
earnings record. However, a child whose marriage precludes re-entitlement on the same
parent’s earnings record may establish initial entitlement on their other parent’s
earnings record provided the child meets the requirements in RS 00203.001A.1, including being unmarried. For information on when a child who has been married
may be considered unmarried for initial entitlement, see RS 00203.020A.1.
In addition, the child must meet one of these criteria:
be under age 19 and a full-time student in an elementary or secondary level school
program. For more information on child’s benefits based on student status, see RS 00205.000. Under certain circumstances, we may deem a student not to have attained age 19,
see RS 00205.001A; or
be under a disability that began prior to attainment of age 22; or
be under a disability that began before the end of the 84th month following the month in which his or her most recent entitlement to CDB terminated
because of medical improvement; or
had his or her entitlement terminated prior to 10/72 due to adoption.
Effective October 1, 2004, re-entitlement to CDB is allowed at any time if the beneficiary's prior entitlement terminated because he or she ceased to be
under a disability due to the performance of substantial gainful activity (SGA) and
other re-entitlement requirements are met. For information on SGA, see DI 10500.000. If the previous entitlement to CDB terminated because of medical improvement, the
84-month time limit still applies.
IMPORTANT: For requirements for initial entitlement to child’s benefits, see RS 00203.001.