Third parties must show that there is a clear intent to file an application for benefits,
and the third party may contact SSA or complete an application on the individual's
behalf using any service delivery channel (i.e., mail, phone, fax, Internet or in-person)
to establish a protective writing. The criteria in GN 00204.010B.1. through GN 00204.010B.4. must also be met.
The writing must also reasonably indicate an intent to file for benefits currently
and not an intent to file at some future date; e.g., wishes to file at full retirement
age which is beyond the Title II 4-month or Title XVI 1-month advance filing rules,
see GN 00204.010.