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I am a licensed private investigator in Tucson, AZ. I am

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My name is***** and I am a licensed private investigator in Tucson, AZ. I am helping a homeless man try to locate and reconnect with his son. The homeless man's name is***** He claims he was granted SSI in 2012 but has not been getting his benefits because he is homeless and has no identification.
What identification does he need? I am helping him apply for his Birth Certificate and I have his Social Security number. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.

The Social Security Administration lists here important original documents to proof eligibility.

https://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm

Citizenship

We can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include a U.S. birth certificate or a U.S. passport.

Age

You must present your birth certificate. If one exists, you must submit it. If a birth certificate does not exist, we may be able to accept your:

  • Religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth;
  • U.S. hospital record of your birth; or
  • U.S. passport.

Identity

We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity Social Security must see your:

  • U.S. driver's license;
  • State-issued non-driver identification card; or
  • U.S. passport.

If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within 10 days, we will ask to see other documents, including:

  • Employee identification card;
  • School identification card;
  • Health insurance card (not a Medicare card); or
  • U.S. military identification card.

Let me know if that works for you?

Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.

So far - that is the standard to proof identity for most social security cases.