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Proof Of Age For Social Security


Social Security will consider the following documents as proof of age. The list is not exhaustive.

  • Social Security will also accept a "non-preferred" document so long as it correlates with a document or file entry Social Security has. (A "corroborating SSA record.")
  • Evidence requirements are looser if the claimant is over age 73.
  • If the proof you have doesn't fit any of these descriptions, speak with a Social Security representative.

Evidence Of Age That Social Security Will Accept


  • A birth certificate
  • Hospital birth record recorded before age 5
  • A religious record which shows your date of birth and was recorded before age 5

Acceptable evidence:

  • An original family bible or family record
  • School records
  • Census records (state or federal. If federal, then preferred is the first or second decennial census after birth)
  • Statement signed by the physician or midwife who was present at birth
  • Insurance policies
  • A marriage record
  • A passport
  • An employment record
  • A delayed birth certificate
  • A claimant's child's birth certificate
  • INS records
  • Church record of baptism or confirmation (made after age 5)
  • Labor union record
  • Fraternal organization record (such as the Mason's)
  • Military record
  • Voting record
  • Vaccination record
  • Police record
  • Medical records

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