If the claimant is age 12 or older, but still considered a minor under state law,
both the claimant and their parent, guardian, or other person authorized by state
law to act for the claimant must sign Form SSA-827. We do not permit attestation in this situation.
Obtain both signatures and date of signing as follows:
The claimant (child) signs in the “INDIVIDUAL authorizing disclosure” signature box
on the left; and
The parent, guardian, or other authorized personal representative:
marks the appropriate entry in the “IF not signed by subject of disclosure” relationship
signs in the box below the check boxes; and
if they sign as “other personal representative,” then they explain the basis for authority to sign in the space provided.
Ensure the “Date Signed” box is completed with the date of signing.
EXCEPTION 1: If the claimant's parent or guardian has a strong objection to the claimant signing
Form SSA-827, and the source will accept Form SSA-827 without the signature of the
child, the FO may waive the requirement for the child’s signature. In that case, document
the waiver in the “Remarks” screen on the EDCS 3367, and follow the same instructions
for minor child under age 12 in DI 11005.056C.4 in this section. If the source requires both signatures, explain this to the parent
or guardian and follow the instructions in DI 11005.056D.2.b in this section.
EXCEPTION 2: If state law provides for confidential treatment of minor persons (that is, when state
law does not require the consent or knowledge of parents or guardians), we only need the claimant
to sign the authorization.