How Do You Request Public Social Security Records?


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To request public social security records, go to the official website for Social Security's Freedom of Information Act, select "Make a FOIA Request" and fill out the eForm detailing the requested information. This information requested may cost a fee, which is not payable online.

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After completing the eForm and filling out the requester's information, the Social Security Administration alerts the requester of any fees. The fee is based on the grade of employees doing the work, the amount of time spent on the request and 10 cents per photocopied page. To request a Social Security Number Application or a computer extract of this information of a deceased person, individuals can request this information online with Form SSA-711. The Social Security Administration has records dating back to November, 1936, and the database cannot search for the social security numbers of people born before 1865.

To request information by mail, a form is not needed. The envelope and the contents should be marked with "Freedom of Information Request" or "Information Request." The requester should include his name, address and daytime phone number or email address. A return envelope is not necessary. The request should be mailed to Social Security Administration, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, 617 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21235.

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