TN 1 (11-09)
RM 10210.205 Policy for Reviewing and Verifying Evidence for an SSN
SSA is strongly committed to strengthening and improving the integrity of the enumeration
process. SSA maintains procedures on how to visually review evidence and you must
perform that visual review for all acceptable evidence before processing an SSN application
that assigns a SSN, issues an original or replacement SSN card, or updates an enumeration
record. In addition, you must verify the evidence with the issuing agency as defined
in SSA regulations or upon review when the FO finds the evidence suspect.
We review all evidence submitted with an SSN application to ensure it meets SSA standards
and appears genuine; and we set policy for reviewing lawful alien documents issued
by certain U.S. territories and countries that are not under Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) jurisdiction and would therefore not have DHS immigration documents.
For reviewing SSN evidence, see RM 10210.210.
For evidence submitted with an SSN application:
Verify DHS documents
When an applicant submits an acceptable DHS document, after review, we confirm the
authenticity of the information on the evidence with DHS. For confirming authenticity
and verifying DHS documents, see RM 10214.100.
Verify American Samoa documents
We confirm, through an examination of signatures, American Samoa-issued documents
submitted by aliens residing in American Samoa. For verifying American Samoa documents,
see RM 10210.610.
Verifying certain evidence issued by other agencies, U.S. territories, non-U.S. territories,
We confirm the authenticity of evidence issued by certain other Federal and State
agencies and certain non-U.S. territories and countries when
Based upon a history of reported fraudulent documents, we set policy requiring verification;
The FO determines there is a reason to suspect that a document is questionable, fraudulent,
EXCEPTION: When an alien is lawfully in the U.S. without immigration documentation, see RM 10211.075.