Form SSA-8 "Application for Lump-Sum Death Payment"

What Is Form SSA-8?

Form SSA-8, Application For Lump-Sum Death Payment, is a legal document completed by survivors of wage earners and self-employed individuals to collect a lump-sum death payment of $255. This form requires basic information about the deceased individual, including name, dates of birth and death, earnings, health history, military record, and family details.

Alternate Name:

  • Lump-Sum Death Payment Application.

This form was released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) on January 1, 2020. You can download a fillable SSA-8 Form through the link below.

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Form SSA-8 Instructions

Provide the following details in the SSA-8 Form:

  1. Enter your name and the deceased worker's name, gender, social security number (SSN), dates of birth and death, and place of death.
  2. State whether the deceased individual ever filed for Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare insurance, or a Social Security period of disability. Name the person on whose Social Security record this application was filed and enter their SSN.
  3. If the deceased worked within the past two years, record the amount of their earnings during the year of death and the year before death.
  4. If the wage earner died prior to age 66 and within the past four months, state whether the deceased was unable to work because of an illness or injury.
  5. If the deceased was in active military or naval service, received benefits from Federal agencies, or worked in the railroad industry for seven years or more, answer "yes."
  6. State whether the deceased was ever covered by another country's social security system and whether they are survived by a spouse.
  7. Describe the marriages of the deceased. Enter the name, date of birth, and SSN of the spouse, date, and place of marriage, and indicate how, when, and where it ended.
  8. List all the surviving children and dependent grandchildren of the deceased who were unmarried in the past twelve months and under 18, 18 to 19, and attending secondary school, or older than 18 with a disability.
  9. State whether there are surviving parents of the deceased who received support from the deceased when the deceased became disabled or at the time of death.
  10. If you filed for any benefits on the deceased's earnings or lived together at the time of their death, answer "yes". Describe the nature of the condition or illness that kept you separated.
  11. If you are a surviving spouse under age 66, state whether you are disabled and unable to work. If you had any prior marriages, provide information about them.
  12. Sign and date the form. Add your contact information and banking account details to receive direct deposit payments.

Where to Mail Form SSA-8?

You cannot mail Form SSA-8 - instead, you submit it in person in your local Social Security office within two years after the death of the deceased wage earner. You may schedule an appointment in advance and prepare to file additional documentation to demonstrate your eligibility.


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Form SSA-8 (01-2020) UF
Discontinue Prior Editions
OMB No. 0960-0013
Social Security Administration
Page 1 of 4
APPLICATION FOR LUMP-SUM DEATH PAYMENT*
I apply for all insurance benefits for which I am eligible under Title II (Federal Old-Age,
Survivors, and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act, as presently amended,
on the named deceased's Social Security record.
(This application must be filed within 2 years after the date of death of the wage earner
or self-employed person.)
* This may also be considered an application for insurance benefits payable under the
Railroad Retirement Act.
1.
(a) PRINT name of Deceased Wage Earner
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME
or Self-Employed Person (herein referred
to as the "deceased")
(b) Check (X) one for the deceased
Male
Female
(c) Enter deceased's Social Security Number
2.
PRINT your name
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME
3.
Enter date of birth of deceased
(Month, day, year)
4.
(a) Enter date of death
(Month, day, year)
(b) Enter place of death
(City and State)
5.
(a) Did the deceased ever file an application for Social
Yes
No
Unknown
Security benefits, a period of disability under
(If "Yes," answer
(If "No" or "Unknown," go on to
Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or
(b) and (c).)
item 6.)
hospital or medical insurance under Medicare?
(b) Enter name(s) of person(s) on whose Social
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME
Security record(s) other application was filed.
(c) Enter Social Security Number(s) of person(s) named in
(b). (If unknown, so indicate)
6.
ANSWER ITEM 6 ONLY IF THE DECEASED WORKED WITHIN THE PAST 2 YEARS.
(a) About how much did the deceased earn from employment
AMOUNT
and self-employment during the year of death?
$
(b) About how much did the deceased earn the year
AMOUNT
before death?
$
7.
ANSWER ITEM 7 ONLY IF THE DECEASED DIED PRIOR TO AGE 66 AND WITHIN THE PAST 4 MONTHS
Yes
No
(a) Was the deceased unable to work because of
(If "Yes," answer
(If "No," go on to item 8.)
illness, injuries or conditions at the time of death?
(b).)
(b) Enter the date the deceased became unable to work
(Month, day, year)
8.
(a) Was the deceased in the active military or naval
Yes
No
service (including Reserve or National Guard active
(If "Yes," answer
(If "No," go on to item 9.)
duty or active duty for training) after September 7,
(b) and (c).)
1939 and before 1968?
From: (Month, Year)
To: (Month, Year)
(b) Enter dates of service.
(c) Has anyone (including the deceased) received, or
does anyone expect to receive, a benefit from any
Yes
No
other Federal agency?
9.
Did the deceased work in the railroad industry for
Yes
No
7 years or more?
Form SSA-8 (01-2020) UF
Discontinue Prior Editions
OMB No. 0960-0013
Social Security Administration
Page 1 of 4
APPLICATION FOR LUMP-SUM DEATH PAYMENT*
I apply for all insurance benefits for which I am eligible under Title II (Federal Old-Age,
Survivors, and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act, as presently amended,
on the named deceased's Social Security record.
(This application must be filed within 2 years after the date of death of the wage earner
or self-employed person.)
* This may also be considered an application for insurance benefits payable under the
Railroad Retirement Act.
1.
(a) PRINT name of Deceased Wage Earner
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME
or Self-Employed Person (herein referred
to as the "deceased")
(b) Check (X) one for the deceased
Male
Female
(c) Enter deceased's Social Security Number
2.
PRINT your name
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME
3.
Enter date of birth of deceased
(Month, day, year)
4.
(a) Enter date of death
(Month, day, year)
(b) Enter place of death
(City and State)
5.
(a) Did the deceased ever file an application for Social
Yes
No
Unknown
Security benefits, a period of disability under
(If "Yes," answer
(If "No" or "Unknown," go on to
Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or
(b) and (c).)
item 6.)
hospital or medical insurance under Medicare?
(b) Enter name(s) of person(s) on whose Social
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME
Security record(s) other application was filed.
(c) Enter Social Security Number(s) of person(s) named in
(b). (If unknown, so indicate)
6.
ANSWER ITEM 6 ONLY IF THE DECEASED WORKED WITHIN THE PAST 2 YEARS.
(a) About how much did the deceased earn from employment
AMOUNT
and self-employment during the year of death?
$
(b) About how much did the deceased earn the year
AMOUNT
before death?
$
7.
ANSWER ITEM 7 ONLY IF THE DECEASED DIED PRIOR TO AGE 66 AND WITHIN THE PAST 4 MONTHS
Yes
No
(a) Was the deceased unable to work because of
(If "Yes," answer
(If "No," go on to item 8.)
illness, injuries or conditions at the time of death?
(b).)
(b) Enter the date the deceased became unable to work
(Month, day, year)
8.
(a) Was the deceased in the active military or naval
Yes
No
service (including Reserve or National Guard active
(If "Yes," answer
(If "No," go on to item 9.)
duty or active duty for training) after September 7,
(b) and (c).)
1939 and before 1968?
From: (Month, Year)
To: (Month, Year)
(b) Enter dates of service.
(c) Has anyone (including the deceased) received, or
does anyone expect to receive, a benefit from any
Yes
No
other Federal agency?
9.
Did the deceased work in the railroad industry for
Yes
No
7 years or more?
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10.
(a) Did the deceased ever engage in work that was covered under the social
Yes
(If "Yes," answer (b).)
security system of a country other than the United States?
(If "No," go on to item 11.)
No
(b) If "Yes," list the country(ies).
11.
(a) Is the deceased survived by a spouse?
If "Yes," enter information about the marriage at the time of death below. If "No," go on to
Yes
No
item 11(b) if the deceased had prior marriages or item 12 if the deceased never married.
Spouse's Name (including Maiden Name) When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
How marriage ended
When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
Marriage performed by:
Spouse's Social Security Number (If
Spouse's date of birth (or age)
Clergyman or public official
none or unknown, so indicate)
Other (Explain in "Remarks")
(b) If the deceased had a prior marriage(s) that lasted at least 10 years, enter the information below. If the
deceased married the same individual multiple times and the remarriage took place within the year
immediately following the year of the divorce, and the combined period of marriage totaled 10 years or more,
include the marriage. If no prior marriages or if information is unavailable, please indicate below.
Spouse's Name (including Maiden Name) When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
How marriage ended
When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
Marriage performed by:
If spouse deceased, give date
Spouse's date of birth (or age)
Clergyman or public official
of death
Other (Explain in "Remarks")
Spouse's Social Security Number (If none or unknown, so indicate)
(c) If the deceased has a surviving child(ren) as defined in item 12 and the deceased was married to the child's
mother or father but the marriage ended in divorce, enter information on the marriage if not already listed in
11(b). If no prior marriages or if information is unavailable, please indicate below.
Spouse's Name (including Maiden Name) When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
How marriage ended
When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
Marriage performed by:
If spouse deceased, give date
Spouse's date of birth (or age)
Clergyman or public official
of death
Other (Explain in "Remarks")
Spouse's Social Security Number (If none or unknown, so indicate)
12.
The deceased's surviving children (including natural children, adopted children, and stepchildren) or dependent
grandchildren (including stepgrandchildren) may be eligible for benefits based on the earnings record of the deceased.
List below ALL such children who are now or were in the past 12 months UNMARRIED and:
• UNDER AGE 18 • AGE 18 TO 19 AND ATTENDING SECONDARY SCHOOL
• AGE 18 OR OLDER WITH A DISABILITY THAT BEGAN BEFORE AGE 22
(If none, write ''None.'')
Full Name of Child
Full Name of Child
13.
Is there a surviving parent (or parents) of the deceased who
Yes
No
was receiving support from the deceased either at the time
(If "Yes," enter the name and
the deceased became disabled under the Social Security law
address of the parent(s) in "Remarks".)
or at the time of death?
14.
Have you filed for any Social Security benefits on the
Yes
No
deceased's earnings record before?
NOTE: If there is a surviving spouse, continue with item 15. If not, skip items 15 through 18.
15.
If you are not the surviving spouse, enter the surviving spouse's name and address here
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16.
(a) Were the deceased and the surviving spouse living
Yes
No
together at the same address when the deceased died? (If "Yes," go on to item 17.) (If "No," answer (b).)
(b) If either the deceased or surviving spouse was away from home (whether or not temporarily) when the
deceased died, give the following:
Who was away?
Deceased
Surviving spouse
Date last home
Reason absence began
Reason they were apart at time of death
If separated because of illness, enter
nature of illness or disabling condition.
If you are the surviving spouse, and if you are under age 66, answer 17.
17.
(a) Are you so disabled that you cannot work or was there some period during the last 14
Yes
No
months when you were so disabled that you could not work?
(b) If ''Yes,'' enter the date you became disabled.
(Month, day, year)
Answer 18 ONLY if you are the surviving spouse.
18.
Were you married before your marriage to the deceased? If yes, enter information about your
Yes
No
prior marriage(s) that lasted at least 10 years or ended due to death of the spouse. If you
divorced then remarried the same individual within the year immediately following the year of
the divorce and the combined period of marriage totaled at least 10 years, include the marriage.
If you need more space, use "Remarks" section on back page or attach a separate sheet.
Spouse's Name (including Maiden Name) When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
How marriage ended
When (Month, day, year)
Where (Name of City and State)
Marriage performed by:
If spouse deceased, give date
Spouse's date of birth (or age)
Clergyman or public official
of death
Other (Explain in "Remarks")
Spouse's Social Security Number (If none or unknown, so indicate)
For additional information about survivor benefits see our publication at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Remarks: (You may use this space for any explanation. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet.)
I declare under penalty of perjury that I have examined all the information on this form, and on any
accompanying statements or forms, and it is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
Date (Month, day, year)
Signature (First name, middle initial, last name) (Write in ink)
Telephone Number(s) at Which You
May Be Contacted During the Day
(Area Code)
Mailing Address (Number and street, Apt. No., P.O. Box, or Rural Route)
City and State
ZIP Code Enter Name of County (if any) in which you now live
Direct Deposit Payment Information (Financial Institution)
Routing Transit Number
Account Number
Checking
Enroll in Direct Express
Savings
Direct Deposit Refused
Witnesses are required ONLY if this application has been signed by mark (X) above. If signed by mark (X), two
witnesses to the signing who know the applicant must sign below, giving their full addresses.
2. Signature of Witness
1. Signature of Witness
Address (Number and street, City, State, and ZIP Code)
Address (Number and street, City, State, and ZIP Code)
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RECEIPT FOR YOUR CLAIM FOR THE SOCIAL SECURITY LUMP-SUM DEATH PAYMENT
TELEPHONE NUMBER TO CALL IF YOU HAVE A
SSA OFFICE
DATE CLAIM RECEIVED
QUESTION OR SOMETHING TO REPORT
TELEPHONE NUMBER
RECEIPT FOR YOUR CLAIM
Your application for the lump-sum death payment has
In the meantime, if you change your mailing address, you
been received and will be processed as quickly as
should report the change.
possible.
Always give us your claim number when writing or
You should hear from us within
days after you
telephoning about your claim.
have given us all the information we requested. Some
claims may take longer if additional information is needed.
If you have any questions about your claim, we will be
glad to help you.
CLAIMANT
SOCIAL SECURITY CLAIM NUMBER
DECEASED'S NAME (If surname differs from claimant's name)
Privacy Act Statement - Application for Lump-Sum Death Payment
Collection and Use of Personal Information
Section 202 of the Social Security Act, as amended, allows us to collect this information. Furnishing us this information
is voluntary. However, failing to provide all or part of the information may prevent us from making an accurate and
timely determination on any claim filed and could result in a loss of a Social Security Administration (SSA) provided
benefit.
We will use the information to authorize our one-time disbursement of the lump-sum death payment to a widow,
widower, or children as defined in Section 202. We may also share your information for the following purposes, called
routine uses:
• Information may be disclosed to contractors and other Federal agencies, as necessary, for the purpose of
assisting the SSA in the efficient administration of its programs. We contemplate disclosing information under this
routine use only in situations in which SSA may enter a contractual or similar agreement with a third party to
assist in accomplishing an agency function relating to this system of records; and
• To a congressional office in response to an inquiry from that office made at the request of the subject of a record.
In addition, we may share this information in accordance with the Privacy Act and other Federal laws. For
example, where authorized, we may use and disclose this information in computer matching programs, in which our
records are compared with other records to establish or verify a person’s eligibility for Federal benefit programs and
for repayment of incorrect or delinquent debts under these programs.
A list of additional routine uses is available in our Privacy Act System of Records Notice (SORN) 60-0089, entitled
Claims Folders Systems, as published in the Federal Register (FR) on April 1, 2003, at 68 FR 15784. Additional
information, and a full listing of all of our SORNs, is available on our website at www.ssa.gov/privacy.
Paperwork Reduction Act Statement - This information collection meets the requirements of 44 U.S.C. § 3507, as
amended by section 2 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. You do not need to answer these questions unless we
display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. We estimate that it will take about 10
minutes to read the instructions, gather the facts, and answer the questions. Send only comments relating to our
time estimate above to: SSA, 6401 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401.

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