SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1608. What factors does SSA consider in selecting payees?

When deciding whether to select a person as payee, we consider the person’s:

  1. Relationship to the beneficiary;

  2. Concern for the beneficiary's well-being;

  3. Ability to fulfill the duties of being a payee; and

  4. Ability to know of and provide for the needs of the beneficiary.

Last Revised: Nov. 16, 2010