If a document’s validity is questionable, do whichever of the following is most expeditious:
Verify the record with the religious authority by telephone (through the parallel
FO when appropriate) and document the folder and/or SS-5 to show that the record was
Have the claimant request proof of age from the custodian of the record; or
Obtain other evidence of age.
The FO should also question records that appear to have been issued blank or partially
completed (souvenir certificates). See GN 00301.050D.3. for instructions about these
If you are unsure whether a religious record is a souvenir (or other alternative)
certificate or a properly certified religious record, evaluate it using the guidelines
in GN 00301.050D.3.