We provided a block in this section for the witness signature, address, and phone
number. We provided a second block, to the right of the first block, for the signature
of a second witness, if required.
When we attest to the claimant’s signature on Form SSA-827, we document the attestation
in the witness box see DI 11005.056.
If the claimant signs by mark, the witness signature is required and the witness block
must be completed.
IMPORTANT: If the field office (FO) receives a non-attested Form SSA-827 without the signature
of a witness, we continue to process the claim. Do not delay the claim to seek the claimant's witnessed signature unless the claimant signed Form SSA-827 by mark or the FO knows from experience that certain
sources require a witnessed signature.