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How can I get a benefit verification letter from Social Security?

A benefit verification letter is an official document that spells out your Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income or Medicare coverage. It can be used when you need proof of income or disability. You might need such proof when applying for a mortgage or other loan, or for government aid such as subsidized housing or energy assistance. To request a copy:

  • Log in to your My Social Security online account.
  • Select the link entitled “Get a Benefit Verification Letter,” then “Customize Your Letter.”
  • Select the information you want to include and click “Apply to Letter.”
  • Choose whether you’d like to print (“Print Now”) or save your letter online (“Save a Copy”).

Another way to get a benefit verification letter is to call Social Security at 800-772-1213 or contact your local Social Security office.

Local offices fully reopened April 7 after being closed to walk-in traffic for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Social Security recommends calling in advance and scheduling an appointment to avoid long waits.

Keep in mind

  • The benefit verification letter goes by many names. You might also hear it called a “budget letter,” “benefits letter,” “proof of income letter” or “proof of award letter.”
  • A benefit verification letter is distinct from an award letter, the notice Social Security sends you when it has processed your application and “awarded” benefits. You have to contact Social Security by phone or in person to get a copy of your original award letter.

Updated April 7, 2022