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Get Your New Standardized Benefit Verification Letter Online

December 3, 2020 • By

Last Updated: July 19, 2021

If you receive a Benefit Verification letter, sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter,” we have good news for you! A new standardized Benefit Verification letter is now available when you need proof of Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicare.

In addition to name, date of birth, and the benefits received, the new Benefit Verification letter includes other identifiers to prevent misuse and fraud. This is an added benefit to you as proof of income for loans, housing assistance, mortgage, and other verification purposes.

The same standardized letter is also available if you need proof that you do not receive benefits, or proof that benefits are pending. If you are an individual representative payee, you can use the my Social Security Representative Payee portal to access the same standardized Benefit Verification letter online for your beneficiaries.

This new standardized Benefit Verification letter is another example of our commitment to improve our service to you.

No matter how you request your letter, whether calling our National 800 Number, your local office, the Interactive Voice Response system, or online with your personal my Social Security account, the Benefit Verification letter now contains a seamless look.


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Grace M. Kim, Deputy Commissioner, Operations

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  1. Roberta J.

    Happy about verification letter! Good job. Thank you

  2. George W.

    PLEASE SEND ME A BENEFITS LETTER! I am a retired veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Navy, therefore I receive full prescription coverage from both Veterans Compensation and Naval retirement!

    • Vonda

      Hi George, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to get a benefit verification letter. This letter is sometimes called a budget letter, a benefits letter, a proof of income letter or a proof of award letter. You also may be able to request a benefit verification letter by using our automated telephone service at 1-800-772-1213. You can conduct the automated services 24 hours a day. At the prompt, indicate that you’re requesting a proof of income letter. We hope this helps.

  3. Tammy J.

    Could you please explain what”award” means?

    • Vonda

      Hi Yolanda, thanks for using our blog. If you need proof that you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare, you can get a benefit verification letter. This letter is sometimes called a budget letter, a benefits letter, a proof of income letter or a proof of award letter.

      Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details.

  4. Yolanda V.

    How can I get my social security card and benefits letter

    • Vonda

      Hi Yolanda, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to get a benefit verification letter. This letter is sometimes called a budget letter, a benefits letter, a proof of income letter or a proof of award letter. You also may be able to request a benefit verification letter by using our automated telephone service at 1-800-772-1213. You can conduct the automated services 24 hours a day. At the prompt, indicate that you’re requesting a proof of income letter. We hope this helps.

  5. Cira M.

    Great I lost my papers, I live in Rockport Texas and the storm Harvey destroyed my storage where I had all my papers this is exactly what I needed.

  6. Thomas P.

    I live overseas. Every I should receive and return Form 7162. However, I do not receive mail where I am living due to an inadequate mail delivery system. As a result, my benefits ofter get cut off in Feb. The US Embassy in Manila deals with my region. In the past, I could email them in November to say that I had not received the form. I would download the form, sign it, scan it and send it to Manila who would send it to the US and my benefits would not be cut off. For the last few years, Manila will no longer do this so I download the form an dsend it directly to Wiilkes Barre at great expense and still do not know if I will get cut off. WHY ARE WE NOT ABLE TO FILL AND SUB MIT THIS FORM THROUGH OUR MY S.S. ACCOUNTS? Doing this precedure by hard copy overseas is ridiculous in this day and age.

  7. Tia L.

    good to know. Thanks for these emails that inform me of these updates.

  8. Karen B.

    I still wish you’d mail us notice of each year’s COLA and our quarterly (paper) sttements.

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    • Linda J.

      I never could get this be to work. Thanks

    • Sandra F.

      Thank you for allowing us this information. It will help us more than you will ever know.
      Merry Christmas and stay safe.

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