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What constitutes a written acknowledgment?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1709. What constitutes a written acknowledgment?

A written acknowledgment can be any writing from you confirming that the child is your son or daughter. A variety of written statements are acceptable, for example:

  1. An income tax return listing the child as yours;

  2. A soldier's application for an allotment listing the child as yours;

  3. A will referring to the child as yours;

  4. An application for insurance naming the child as yours (e.g., as beneficiary); or

  5. A letter indicating the child is yours.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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