Online Verification of Social Security Number

Social Security Administration Project

Minnesota participates in the Social Security Administration's online verification of social security number (OVS). Through OVS, a decedent's social security number (SSN) reported through death registration is transmitted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to be electronically verified. Funeral directors receive notification through MR&C about the accuracy of the SSN as compared with the name, sex, and date of birth reported on the death record.

Through MR&C, fact of death is transmitted to SSA within one day (24 hours) of the date the fact of death record was filed (i.e., saved).

The following links will provide you with information about OVS including data practices requirements, what funeral directors and funeral home staff need to do to participate, faxing SSA's 721 form, and a link to the December 2005 fact sheet.

Data Practices Requirements

What do funeral directors and other funeral home staff need to do to participate?

If you file fact of death electronically through MR&C

If you do NOT file fact of death electronically through MR&C

Faxing Form SSA-721

Online Verification Fact Sheet, December 2005 (PDF: 89KB/1 page)