You may use discretion as to the need to verify custody. However, when the payee applicant
is a parent who alleges custody of a minor child, and also alleges the other parent
does not live in the same household, you should request a copy of a court order establishing
a custody arrangement from the payee applicant. If a court order is not available,
contact a third party (such as a school official, day care provider, or doctor’s
office) to verify custody. Use the Rep Payee/Bene Relationship “Note Type” on the
Make Note screen in eRPS (MS 07415.002) to document custody verification.
Make Note screen documentation: 11/05/12 Mr. John Doe at Elm Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, verified Mrs. Mary
Jones has custody of Ann Jones.