SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1613. When does SSA select new representative payee?

SSA will select a new representative payee if the current payee:

  • Dies;

  • Has misused the beneficiary's benefits as determined by SSA or a court of competent jurisdiction;

  • Is unable to manage the benefit payments;

  • No longer wishes to serve as payee;

  • Fails to use and account for the payments properly;

  • Is no longer responsible for the care or welfare of the beneficiary; or

  • Is otherwise no longer suitable to serve as payee.

Last Revised: Nov. 16, 2010