VB 01505.020 Reinstatement of SVB After Erroneous Death Termination
The processing of a false death report or an incorrect input for death can result in an erroneous death termination. An individual must provide SSA with acceptable proof of identity and supply identifying information that matches the information on the SSR or on the San Francisco SVB Intranet Site before SVB entitlement can be reinstated.
EXCEPTION: If the death termination resulted from an obvious administrative error, such as a keying error, proof of identity is not necessary.
B. List of Acceptable Proofs of Identity (ID)
The following is a list of some of the documents that may be acceptable proof of ID provided that they show at least one piece of ID information (in addition to name) and the ID information matches the information on the SSR or San Francisco SVB Intranet Site:
U.S. Government or State ID card
Marriage or divorce record
Clinic, doctor, or hospital records
Church membership record
Life insurance policy
Hospital or medical insurance card
Another document that establishes the individual's identity using the criteria in RM 00203.200I.
NOTE: Philippine postal, voters and senior citizen's identification cards meet the criteria in RM 00203.200I and are acceptable evidence of identity as these documents usually provide information the reviewer can compare with the applicant (e.g., picture). In addition, the applicant has to apply personally in order to be issued any of these documents, each of which is countersigned by a local official, increasing its probative value.
C. List of Unacceptable Proofs of Identity (ID)
The following lists some documents that should not be accepted as ID documents as they are generally based on allegations and have little or no probative value.
Voter's registration card
Rental or lease agreement
Shopping card (i.e., grocery store card)
Bank deposit slip
D. Procedure — SVB Individual Requests Reinstatement After Death Termination
SSA does not send a notice when terminating payments due to the death of an SVB recipient. When an erroneous death termination is discovered, SSA can reopen and revise the death determination based on new and material evidence (VB 02507.040E.5.). Take the following steps when a reinstatement of SVB is requested after processing an erroneous death termination:
Was the termination clear