When you need proof of death for Title II or Title XVI benefits, obtain evidence following
the instructions in GN 00304.005 through GN 00304.050.
Do not redevelop for proof of death in the following situations:
1. If the Numident death data shows proven (POD: P). For information on the use of
the Numident death data as proof of death, see GN 00304.100.
2. If the MBR has a proven DOD prior to December 5, 2015, or
3. If there is no proof of death code, but a benefit was paid, assume that death is
proven if it was necessary for the type of benefit paid (e.g. survivor benefits or