Benefit Verification Letter

If you need proof that you are receiving Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Medicare, or that you are not getting benefits, you can request a benefit verification letter online. This letter is sometimes called a "budget letter," a "benefits letter," a "proof of income letter," or a "proof of award letter."

What is a benefit verification letter? It is an official letter from Social Security that you can use as proof of your:

  • income when you apply for a loan or mortgage;
  • income for assisted housing or other state or local benefits;
  • current Medicare health insurance coverage;
  • retirement status;
  • disability; and/or
  • age.

You can select the information you want included in, or left out of, your online benefit verification letter.

Note: If you applied for benefits but have not received an answer yet, you can request a benefit verification letter that shows your claim is still pending.

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