SSA Issues New Benefits Verification Letter

Empire Justice Center July 31, 2020

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced it will soon be providing a new standardized Benefit Verification letter.  The new standard letter will be phased-in over the summer.  The same letter will be provided whether requested through a my Social Security account, the 800-number, or from a local office.


The benefit verification letter can be used as proof of:


  • Income, if applying for a loan or mortgage;
  • Income for assisted housing or other state or local benefits;
  • Current Medicare health insurance coverage;
  • Retirement status;
  • Disability; and
  • Age.


People who do not currently receive Social Security benefits can use their Benefit Verification letter as proof that they do not receive benefits.  They can also use it as proof that they do or do not have a pending application for benefits.