Collecting Social Security Survivors Benefits

My father passed away and I received something in the mail that he is entitled to a little more Social Security, however they require my birth certificate which I can not find. It also states something about wanting the birth certificates of next of kin which would be my siblings, so could I just possibly use one or all of theirs and not mine?


By Jeff. O

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January 22, 20140 found this helpful
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Look up your state online and when you look at different parts of the site, it will tell you how to go about obtaining different certificates. There will probably even be a form that you can print out, fill out and send it to the proper address. Some states also have it set up that you can go to your county courthouse and apply for the certificates that you need. There will be a fee to obtain the copies and where I live that is $15.00 for each certificate.

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January 22, 20140 found this helpful

I am sure you can just apply to the State in which you were born for a copy of your birth certificate. Here in Canada, it is a very simple process to get a duplicate.


We have an office in our small town for all government services that will help us out. If you do not have such an office close by, look in your phone book for info on Government services.

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January 25, 20140 found this helpful

Not sure what you mean by "a little more social security" if he is deceased? If you are trying to get any information you will have to have your social security number and ID before you can get any info. You will also need the letter to explain what info you are talking about or your father's social security number. This does not necessarily mean you or anyone else can obtain any money.

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