Documents necessary for SSI applications

Supplement Security Income is an important program in the United States. It helps disabled adults, disabled children and certain seniors meet their financial needs. However, the program is not open to everyone and requires an extensive application in order to be approved. As part of this application, people need a series of documents in order to be approved. Without the right documentation, the Social Security Administration may deny a person’s SSI application.

According to the Social Security Administration, a person needs a social security number — or card — in order to apply for SSI benefits. If a person does not have a social security number, then the person will need to apply for one before applying for SSI benefits.

People also need some sort of proof of their age when apply for SSI benefits. This proof can include public birth records or religious records. These documents have to have been recorded before the person was 5-years-old.

Additionally, the SSA requires documentation that a person is a U.S. citizen when applying for SSI benefits. This proof can come from a variety of sources include a birth certificate, U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, immigration documents or religious records.

Further, people need to provide documentation about the quality of their life. This includes documentation about their income, their resources and living arrangements. These documents can include lease receipts, bank statements, pay stubs, insurance policies and title to property. Medical documentation and work history can also be requested.

When submitting these documents, people need original copies. Furthermore, the SSA may request other types of documents with your application. An attorney can be helpful in filing an application or appeal since these can be difficult and technical areas of the law.