TN 3 (09-13)
DI 31001.005 Disclosure to Entities and Non-Representatives
A. Disclosure consent
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 GN 03305.006.
1. Entity defined
An entity is any business, firm, or other association, including but not limited to partnerships, corporations, for-profit organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.
2. No authority to act on the claimant’s behalf
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.
3. Limited consent
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 03305.006).