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What are the requirements for an application to be considered valid?
Your application for benefits, including SSI, must be:
Made on a prescribed form;
Signed by a proper person (see §1501);
Received while you (or the person eligible for benefits) are still living.
Note: This requirement does not apply to applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits where the deceased was disabled prior to death. An application for disability insurance benefits may be filed by a qualified individual (see §1902) within three months after the month of death of the disabled person.
(Where an individual dies after requesting benefits in writing, but before filing a prescribed form, see §1509.)
Last Revised: March, 2001
- When may you establish a period of disability?
- Written Statement Considered As Application
- Where Applications May Be Filed
- Who Signs Applications
- Applying for Social Security Benefits
- When Your Application is Considered Filed
- When is a surviving child entitled to child's insurance benefits?
- When is a parent of a deceased person entitled to parent's benefits?
- When is a widow(er) entitled to father's or mother's insurance benefits?
- Right to Withdraw Application
- Application Filed with Department of Veterans Affairs or Railroad Retirement Board
- Entitlement to Disabled Worker's Benefits
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