Explanation of Form SSA-827,
"Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA)"
We need your written authorization to help get the information required to process your claim, and to determine your capability of
managing benefits. Laws and regulations require that sources of personal information have a signed authorization before
releasing it to us. Also, laws require specific authorization for the release of information about certain conditions and from
You can provide this authorization by signing a form SSA-827. Federal law permits sources with information about you to release
that information if you sign a single authorization to release all your information from all your possible sources. We will make
copies of it for each source. A covered entity (that is, a source of medical information about you) may not condition treatment,
payment, enrollment, or eligibility for benefits on whether you sign this authorization form. A few States, and some individual
sources of information, require that the authorization specifically name the source that you authorize to release personal
information. In those cases, we may ask you to sign one authorization for each source and we may contact you again if we need
you to sign more authorizations.
You have the right to revoke this authorization at any time, except to the extent a source of information has already relied on it to
take an action. To revoke, send a written statement to any Social Security Office. If you do, also send a copy directly to any of
your sources that you no longer wish to disclose information about you; SSA can tell you if we identified any sources you didn't tell
us about. SSA may use information disclosed prior to revocation to decide your claim.
It is SSA's policy to provide service to people with limited English proficiency in their native language or preferred mode of
communication consistent with Executive Order 13166 (August 11, 2000) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. SSA
makes every reasonable effort to ensure that the information in the SSA-827 is provided to you in your native or preferred
Privacy Act Statement - Collection and Use of Personal Information
Sections 205(a), 233(d)(5)(A), 1614(a)(3)(H)(i), 1631(d)(l) and 1631(e)(l)(A) of the Social Security Act as amended, [42 U.S.C. 405
(a), 433(d)(5)(A), 1382c(a)(3)(H)(i), 1383(d)(l) and 1383(e)(l)(A)] authorize us to collect this information. We will use the
information you provide to help us determine your eligibility, or continuing eligibility for benefits, and your ability to manage any
benefits received. The information you provide is voluntary. However, failure to provide the requested information may prevent us
from making an accurate and timely decision on your claim, and could result in denial or loss of benefits.
We rarely use the information you provide on this form for any purpose other than for the reasons explained above. However, we
may use it for the administration and integrity of Social Security programs. We may also disclose information to another person or
to another agency in accordance with approved routine uses, including but not limited to the following:
1. To enable a third party or an agency to assist us in establishing rights to Social Security benefits and/or coverage;
2. To comply with Federal laws requiring the release of information from our records (e.g., to the Government
Accountability Office, General Services Administration, National Archives Records Administration, and the Department
of Veterans Affairs);
3. To make determinations for eligibility in similar health and income maintenance programs at the Federal, State, and
local level; and
4. To facilitate statistical research, audit, or investigative activities necessary to assure the integrity and improvement of
our programs (e.g., to the U.S. Census Bureau and to private entities under contract with us).
We may also use the information you provide in computer matching programs. Matching programs compare our records with
records kept by other Federal, State, or local government agencies. We use the information from these programs to establish or
verify a person's eligibility for Federally funded or administered benefit programs and for repayment of incorrect payments or
delinquent debts under these programs.
A complete list of routine uses of the information you gave us is available in our Privacy Act Systems of Records Notices entitled,
Claims Folder System, 60-0089; Master Beneficiary Record, 60-0090; Supplemental Security Income record and Special Veterans
benefits, 60-0103; and Electronic Disability (eDIB) Claims File, 60-0340. The notices, additional information regarding this form,
and information regarding our systems and programs, are available on-line at www.socialsecurity.gov
or at any
Social Security office.
PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT
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 control number. We estimate that it will take
about 10 minutes to read the instructions, gather the facts, and answer the questions. SEND OR BRING THE COMPLETED FORM TO YOUR
LOCAL SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE. You can find your local Social Security office through SSA's website at www.socialsecurity.gov
are also listed under U.S. Government agencies in your telephone directory or you may call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY
1-800-325-0778). You may send comments on our time estimate above to: SSA, 6401 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. Send only
comments relating to our time estimate to this address, not the completed form.
Form SSA-827-INST (01-2013)