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Disclaimer: The products advertised on this website contain a Social Security Administration (SSA) database extract. SSA authorizes the use of this database as a death verification tool, but notes that the Death Master File (DMF) may contain inaccuracies. Thus, SSA cannot guarantee the accuracy of the DMF. Therefore, the absence of a particular person on this file is not proof that the individual is alive. Further, in rare instances it is possible for the records of a person who is not deceased to be included erroneously in the DMF.

Interim Final Rule Available for Comment

I am pleased to inform you that an Interim Final Rule, "Temporary Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File," was published on March 26 in the Federal Register (79- FR 16671), and may be reviewed at

The Interim Final Rule took effect on March 26, 2014. NTIS has solicited public comment on the Interim Final Rule and the temporary certification program. The public comment period will remain open until April 25, 2014. Submit written comments by email to

Limited Access Death Master File Certification Process Now Open

To apply for certification to receive the Limited Access Death Master File go to Limited Access Death Master File Certification Application Instructions.

To assure your continued access to the Limited Access Death Master File, you must submit your certification form and agreement to by tomorrow, 6PM EST, March 26. NTIS will begin sending out notices of certification on March 26 when the law goes into effect.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Updated versions of Limited Access DMF SUBSCRIBER Agreement dated 3/25/2014 and the Limited Access DMF LICENSEE Agreement dated 3/25/2014 are available. Please use these updated versions. If you have already submitted the previous version of the agreement, it will be honored, but NTIS will request that you sign the updated version.

RFI Comments

Comments submitted in response to the Request for Information, Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File that were received before the deadline of 5 pm, March 18, have been posted at The oral comments given at the public meeting held on March 4 on the DMF certification program have been transcribed. The oral comments can be viewed at:

RFI DMF Oral Comments 1    RFI DMF Oral Comments 2

Thank You!

NTIS wishes to thank all of you who participated in the public meeting Monday, March 4, 2014, in person and via the World Wide Web and who submitted written comments to the Request for Information (79 FR 11735, available at The oral comments received are much appreciated, are being transcribed, and will be posted on the NTIS website. The Department of Commerce and OMB are working productively to ensure continued access, consistent with the law, to the DMF. The proposed rules resulting from this effort will be published in the Federal Register for public comment.

For more information you may contact John Hounsell, Program Manager, at or 703-605-6184.

If you would like to receive free notices about the progress of the process of setting up a system to comply with the provisions of “Restriction on Access to the Death Master File” (Section 203) of the Budget Act of 2013, send your email address to He will put you on the subscription list for the announcements. If you received the above notice via email, you are already on the list.


The DMF is:

  • Produced by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and distributed by NTIS, and contains over 85 million records of deaths, reported to the SSA, from 1936 to present.
  • Available from NTIS through an online search application (developed and hosted by Global Internet Management), as well as raw data files download products (hosted and disseminated by NTIS).

Easy to use online interface

Variety of subscription options:

  • online search
  • batch processing (manual, automated)

Online search application updated weekly

DMF Online Products Order Form

DMF Online Customers go to in order to Log-in.

Downloadable DMF raw data files for data processing at subscriber's site

Variety of subscription options:

  • Quarterly Updates (Full File)
  • Monthly Updates
  • Weekly Updates

DMF Raw Data Files Products
Order Form

DMF Raw Data Files Customers, go to to view Files Available for Download.

Please review Mandatory Requirements as well as Important Notice prior to purchasing.

NOTE: The Social Security Administration did not begin collecting information for the Death Master File until 1936. Deaths prior to 1936 will not be part of the file.

Leading government agencies, financial institutions, investigative firms, credit reporting organizations, medical researchers, and other industries use the SSA Death Master File (DMF) to verify death, as well as to prevent fraud.

Death Verification

The DMF is an important tool used for verifying death. Medical researchers, hospitals, and medical treatment programs use the DMF to track former patients and study subjects, while law enforcement agencies, and investigative firms use the DMF, in the course of their investigations, to verify a person's death.

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Identify Decedent(s) In Order To Provide Benefits To Their Beneficiaries

The Death Master File is an important tool which can be used by pension funds, insurance organizations, Federal, State and Local governments and others responsible for verifying deceased person(s) in support of fulfillment of benefits to their beneficiaries.

Prevent Identity Fraud

By methodically running financial, credit, payment and other applications against the Death Master File, the financial community, insurance companies, security firms and state and local governments are better able to identify and prevent identity fraud, and identify customers who are deceased.

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