1507.1 When is your application for benefits generally considered filed?
We consider your application for benefits filed as of the day your application is received by:
A Social Security office;
Any other office we authorize to accept applications;
A Social Security employee authorized to receive applications; or
Any person designated by us to receive applications.
1507.2 Can a filing date other than the date of receipt be considered?
If we can establish an earlier filing date based on (A) - (E) below, we use that date as the application filing date instead of the receipt date:
The U.S. postmark date on the envelope containing the protective writing or application, if that date is more favorable than the date of receipt by such office or employee. (Only a U.S. postmark is acceptable.);
The date a written request for Social Security benefits is received;
The date a systems record is made of a telephone contact requesting benefits, and use of this date results in eligibility for additional benefits;
The date a written or verbal request for SSI benefits is received;
For SSI benefits:
The date an Interim Assistance Reimbursement (IAR) authorization form is signed at a State agency.
For Social Security Benefits
The date a U.S. Foreign Service post (or in the U.S. Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Manila) receives an application; or
The date a social security agency of a foreign country with which the U.S. has a Social Security agreement (see §107) receives a written request for benefits.
Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2007