A Benefit Verification Letter is an official letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA). It shows your monthly Social Security Disability and Supplementary Income earning. The letter can help you keep track of your earnings from the SSA. It can also be used to prove you’ve never received benefits from either program, that you’ve received benefits in the past, but don’t any longer, or that you have applied for either program.
This letter is often also used when proof of income is needed. If you receive benefits, proof of benefits of often needed when applying for Medicare, loans, mortgages, other benefits, assisted housing, disability, or retirement. When you request the letter, you are allowed to choose the information that’s included and what’s left out.
If you don’t receive Social Security disability benefits, the Benefit Verification Letter can also verify your total earnings, and estimate the total amount of taxes you’ve paid and how much you will receive in retirement, disability, or survivor benefits should you apply.
To get a Benefit Verification Letter, also called a “proof of income” or “proof of award” letter, you or your authorized representative need to request it from the SSA. The SSA prefers you to request it online at their website, www.SSA.gov. If you already have a my Social Security account sign in or create an account if you do not have one.
If you don’t have online access or don’t want to use your account, you can call the SSA Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1-800-772-1213, or 1-800-325-0778 for TTY. You can also get one at your local Social Security office.