How do I get a copy of my SSI award letter?

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How do I get a copy of my SSI award letter?
You will need your Social Security number to process your award letter request. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

SSI, or supplemental security income, is income provided by the Social Security Administration for people with low income who are blind, disabled or over the age of 65. Your SSI award letter -- also known as a proof of income letter -- is a letter stating what your monthly SSI benefits are. You can use your SSI award letter as proof of income when you are applying for services in which eligibility is based on income, and you can also use it as proof of disability.

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  1. 1

    Go to the Social Security Administration benefits verification website to request a copy of your SSI award letter. Click "Start" at the bottom of the page to begin.

  2. 2

    Enter in the information requested such as your Social Security number, name and date of birth, then click "Continue."

  3. 3

    Indicate what information you would like to include in your award letter. You can choose to include all benefit information, or you can choose to include only some information. The information you will need depends on what you will be using the letter for. Click "Continue" to submit your request.

  4. 4

    Print the confirmation page to keep in your records. Your SSI award letter should arrive in the mail within about 10 days of your request.

Tips and warnings

  • The award letter will be sent the mailing address you have on file with the Social Security Administration. If you have moved, you will need to change the address you have on file.
  • Contact your local Social Security office if you need your award letter sooner than 10 days.

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