How to Check Social Security Death Records

When the Social Security Administration receives a report of a death, the death record is stored in a database that can reveal when and where a person died. You can use the database to find a deceased person's Social Security number and to ensure that no one is using the Social Security number of a deceased person for fraudulent purposes.

Access the Social Security Death Master File (SSDMF). You will have to pay a subscription fee to access the file. One search costs £6, five searches cost £26 and 25 searches cost £97. Other fee-based resources that you can use to pull information from the Social Security Death Index include Rootsweb, Ancestry, Death Indexes and World Vital Records. However, SSDMF is the only resource endorsed by the Social Security Administration.

Enter the first and last name of the individual for whom you want to check records. Enter other information such as the person's approximate dates of birth and death if you have it. You can enter the Social Security number as well if you know it.

Click the “Search” option.

View the search results to find the death records for the individual. There may be many people in the death index with the same name. In that case, refer to the age of the individual and the geographical location or the Social Security number.

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