New online ordering system There’s good news and bad news on the “please may I have a copy of that application for a Social Security number” front. The bad news is, all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — are going to have to get used to a whole new ordering system for the…Ordering the SS-5: 2020 style — The Legal Genealogist.
Good information if you need to order one. I appreciate her giving additional information about the parents as their names may be blacked out if they don’t meet the age requirements to be shown. Best to include proof of their deaths as well if one or both aren’t old enough for Social Security to meet the age requirement to be presumed deceased. That’s a point often missed by people ordering the form who want the parents’ information.
It’s also important to realize that not all deaths wind up on the Social Security Master Death File (SSMDF) and even fewer on the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). I remember back in 2011 Social Security removed over 4 million names from the SSDI as they didn’t have permission from a number of states to add them to it. Likewise, it’s estimated that about 35% of new deaths won’t be added to the SSDI. That’s on top of the 3 – 7% that don’t get added in a given year. The workaround to the first situation is to let Social Security know someone has died by providing one of the examples mentioned by the Legal Genealogist if they lived in a state that doesn’t allow Social Security to add them to the SSDI.