Identification Number:
GN 00302 TN 31
Intended Audience:
Originating Office:ORDP OISP
Title:Proof of Age
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:All Programs
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Part GN – General
Chapter 003 – Evidence
Subchapter 02 – Proof of Age
Transmittal No. 31, 07/06/2021

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Effective Date

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This is a Quick Action Transmittal. These revisions do not change or introduce new policy or procedure.

Summary of Changes

GN 00302.500 Public Record of Birth

We are removing the link to GN 00301.265 in Section B in the second column in the second bullet because the policy in GN 00301.265 is irrelevant and incorrectly linked to GN 00302.500. The second bullet will be updated to the following: "See GN 00302.070 for more details on the use of the SSA-L706." We are not making changes to the NOTE in Section B, first row, second column, second bullet.

GN 00302.500 Public Record of Birth

A. Availability of birth records

To determine whether birth records exists for the claimant's place/time of birth see listings in:

B. Procedures

IF... THEN...

Assisting the claimant in requesting a certificate of the public record of birth

  • Use an SSA-L706 (Letter to Custodian of Birth Records) which specifically asks for the date the record was established.

  • See GN 00302.070 for more details on the use of the SSA-L706.

    NOTE: In the absence of evidence to the contrary, assume that a domestic BC was registered shortly after birth.

The birth record submitted was established after the individual's fifth birthday (i.e., a delayed birth certificate (DBC)) See GN 00302.540.

The claimant offers to have a DBC established

  • Ask claimant instead to give us the evidence which would be submitted to the State.

  • Such evidence may be sufficient if it meets proof-of-age requirements.

The certification of birth was issued by one State attesting to the claimant's birth in another State or in another country

NOTE: Always examine the public record of birth carefully to ascertain whether it was issued by the State of birth.

  • The probative value of the records is considerably lessened.

  • Treat the record as an ordinary record rather than as a public record of birth.

    NOTE: While the most frequent form such certifications take is that of a DBC, it may appear to be a regular BC or a notification of birth registration.

GN 00302 TN 31 - Proof of Age - 7/06/2021