TN 3 (09-13)
A claimant may consent to the disclosure of his or her records to a specific individual
or entity by completing an SSA-3288 (Consent for Release of Information) or providing
an equivalent written statement. The SSA-3288 is available on SSA’s website at http://socialsecurity.gov/online/ssa-3288.pdf. For detailed instructions on who may and may not consent, see GN 03305.05.005 and
An entity is any business, firm, or other association, including but not limited to
partnerships, corporations, for-profit organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.
A claimant’s consent for SSA to disclose his or her records to an individual or entity
does not authorize that individual or entity to act on the claimant’s behalf.
NOTE: A claimant wanting assistance with his or her claim may take appropriate action
to appoint an individual as a representative (see GN 03910.020 and GN 03910.040). An entity may not be appointed as a representative.
An appointed representative does not have the authority to disclose the claimant's
records to another party without the claimant's specific consent on the SSA-3288 (see
GN 03305.001 Disclosure with Consent – General
GN 03305.005 Who May Consent
GN 03305.006 Who May Not Consent
GN 03305.015 Disclosure to Legal Aid Groups and Private Law Firms
GN 03305.999 Exhibit - Disclosure With Consent
GN 03910.020 Who Is a Representative
GN 03910.025 Authority of Representative