TN 31 (07-21)
To determine whether birth records exists for the claimant's place/time of birth see
Assisting the claimant in requesting a certificate of the public record of birth
Use an SSA-L706 (Letter to Custodian of Birth Records) which specifically asks for
the date the record was established.
See GN 00302.070 for more details on the use of the SSA-L706.
NOTE: In the absence of evidence to the contrary, assume that a domestic BC was registered
shortly after birth.
The claimant offers to have a DBC established
Ask claimant instead to give us the evidence which would be submitted to the State.
Such evidence may be sufficient if it meets proof-of-age requirements.
The certification of birth was issued by one State attesting to the claimant's birth
in another State or in another country
NOTE: Always examine the public record of birth carefully to ascertain whether it was issued
by the State of birth.
The probative value of the records is considerably lessened.
Treat the record as an ordinary record rather than as a public record of birth.
NOTE: While the most frequent form such certifications take is that of a DBC, it may appear
to be a regular BC or a notification of birth registration.