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Information You'll Need When You Apply for the Lump-Sum Death Benefit
Whether it’s by phone or in person, we want your visit to go as smoothly as possible. You can help by being ready to answer the following questions and having as many of the needed documents as possible.
We may also ask you to provide documents to show that you are eligible:
We accept photocopies of W-2 forms, self-employment tax returns or medical documents, but we must see the original of most other documents, such as your birth certificate. (We will return them to you.)
Don’t delay filing your claim just because you don’t have all the documents. We’ll help you get them.
When you apply for the death benefit, we will ask you:
If you are the surviving spouse, we will also ask:
If you are not the surviving spouse, we will also ask for the surviving spouse's name and address.
You also should bring along your checkbook or other papers that show your account number at a bank, credit union or other financial institution so you can sign up for Direct Deposit, and avoid worries about lost or stolen checks and mail delays.
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Last reviewed or modified Monday Jan 14, 2008