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Social Security Death Case Record
The Social Security Death Case Record includes most deceased individuals who died having owned a Social Security number. The Social Security Death Case Record lists the deceased's name, their Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, date of death, state where the SSN was issued, ZIP code of the last residence, and ZIP code of where the death benefit was sent.

The Social Security Administration has records in the death index from about 1962 when the reporting process became automated. The Social Security Death Case Record is a useful for genealogists in that it often provides the deceased's exact birth and death dates and the geographic region in which the individual died. If you find a Social Security Death Record entry for individual for whom you want to know even more information in the Social Security Death Case Record, you may write to the Social Security Administration to obtain information from the deceased's Social Security application file.

If you know that a deceased individual had a Social Security number, but you cannot find reference to them in the Social Security Death Case Record, there are several reasons to explain this situation: It may be that the deceased's death was not reported to the SSA or, the information regarding the deceased's death was recorded incorrectly.

It may be the case, too, that the individual's last name was misspelled or a middle given name was used as the primary given name. In searching the Social Security Death Case Record, you may want to try a soundex search (searches for a similar sounding name) or try using the deceased's middle name(s).

The cost of a Social Security Death Case Record is $10.00 for the first copy and $8.00 for each additional copy issued at the same time for the same record. If no record is found or no copy is made, state law requires that the administration keep $10.00 for a searching fee. The customer may request a refund of any amount paid over the required $10.00 search fee. If the customer has used the express credit card service, both the expedite fee of $6.00 and the search fee of $10.00 are not refundable. A request can be made for a refund of any money, which was paid in excess of $16.00.

State Statute 20-18-305 does not allow public release of Social Security Death Case Record, which are less than 50 years old. The law does permit release to specific persons who are related to the registrant and to his/her designated representatives, to academic research groups, and to persons who can demonstrate a right to the record.
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