How To Obtain A Letter To Verify Benefits

If you need proof you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security (SSI) Income or Medicare, you can request a benefit verification letter online by using your my Social Security account. This letter is sometimes called a "budget letter," a "benefits letter," a "proof of income letter," or a "proof of award letter." You can also request proof that you have never received Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income or proof that you have applied for benefits.

You cannot request a benefit verification letter online for another person, such as a spouse or child. If you can't or don't want to use your online account, or you need a letter for someone other than yourself, you can call them at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm.

What is a benefit verification letter?

It is an official letter from Social Security that you can use as proof of your:

  • Income when you apply for a loan or mortgage
  • Income for assisted housing or other state or local benefits
  • Current Medicare health insurance coverage
  • Retirement status
  • Disability and/or age

You can select the information you want included in, or left out of, your online benefit verification letter. Please note, if you applied for benefits but have not received an answer yet, you can request a benefit verification letter that shows your claim is still pending.

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