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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.

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Death Master File

Please Note Below Updates

Is it time for you to re-certify?

This note is to remind those of you whose Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) certification will expire next month or soon thereafter that in order to retain your access to the LADMF under the current temporary certification program, you must:

1.      Pay the $200 certification fee at https://www.ntis.gov/Search/Home/titleDetail?abbr=DMFCERT0001 and
2.      Submit a certification application (available at http://www.ntis.gov/assets/pdf/dmf-certification.pdf) before your current certification expires, and
3.      Sign an amendment to your agreement. Your Agreement may be renewed on an annual basis for up to five years by a written amendment, available at http://www.ntis.gov/assets/pdf/LADMF Non-federal Subscriber Agrmt Amendment.docx for the Subscriber Agreement or http://www.ntis.gov/assets/pdf/LADMF Licensee Agrmt Amendment.docx for the Licensee Agreement, signed by you, and contingent upon your executing the current version of the Subscriber Certification Form annually and fulfilling any and all other requirements set forth in NTIS regulations found at 15 CFR part 1110.

If you get your certification application in before your current certification expires, your access will not be interrupted while your certification application is being reviewed.

When you re-certify, your certification will be good for another year, even after the Final Rule, which will change certification requirements, is in place.  Please note that you must report any change in your status that applies to certification criteria.  If you apply to re-certify after the Final Rule is implemented, you will have to fulfill the requirements of the Final Rule.  It is anticipated that the Final Rule will be published later this year.

NEW: NTIS Published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Establish a Certification Program for Access to Death Master File – Comments Requested

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) describing a rule that would, if implemented, establish, pursuant to Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-67), a certification program to replace the temporary certification program currently in place for access to the DMF. The Notice was published in the Federal Register Tuesday, December 30, 2014. The Notice invites public comments on the proposed rule and certification program, and set a 30 day comment period, which was extended by sixty days to March 30, 2015. (The notice of extension is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?granuleId=2015-01546&packageId=FR-2015-01-28&acCode=FR.) The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking may be reviewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/html/2014-30199.htm.

Please note that the temporary certification program, established by NTIS under the Interim Final Rule (79 Fed. Reg. 16668, March 26, 2014), remains in effect.

Limited Access Death Master File Certification Forms

The Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) Subscriber Certification Form, OMB Control Number 0692-0013, has been reinstated effective 12/17/2014, and is available for download in the sidebar along with instructions for filling out the form and the Subscriber Agreement or Licensee Agreement. If you are already certified, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-CERTIFY NOW. Those who are not certified and wish to receive the LADMF through the NTIS Temporary Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File under the Interim Final Rule (15 CFR Part 1110; 79 Fed. Reg. 16668, 3/26/2014), may now apply for certification to receive it. To do so YOU MUST PAY THE $200 CERTIFICATION FEE AND FULLY FILL OUT, SIGN AND SUBMIT the Limited Access DMF Certification Form. You will also be required to SIGN AND SUBMIT a Subscriber Agreement or Licensee Agreement. If the instructions for filling out the form and choosing the appropriate agreement don’t fully answer your questions, you may also call the NTIS Customer Contact Center at 1-800-553-6847.

Interim Final Rule Available

The Interim Final Rule, "Temporary Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File," was published in the Federal Register (79 FR 16668) and took effect on March 26. It may be reviewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-26/pdf/2014-06701.pdf.

Previous Requests for Comments

Comments submitted in response to the Request for Comments on the Proposed Final Rule that were received before the deadline of 5 pm, March 30, 2015, have been posted at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;D=DOC-2014-0001;dct=PS.

Comments submitted in response to the Request for Comments on the DMF Subscriber Certification Form that were received before the deadline of 5 pm, October 21, 2014, have been posted at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=201411-0692-001.

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 http://www.ntis.gov/assets/pdf/rfi-comments.docx. 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 pdf

Comments presented in the public meeting Monday, March 4, 2014, and submitted to the Request for Information (79 FR 11735, are available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-03/pdf/2014-04584.pdf).

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). 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 jhounsell@ntis.gov or 703-605-6184.

 

Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF)

NTIS is the only authorized official distributor of the Death Master File on the Web.

The Death Master File is an important tool to verify deaths.

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).


Select the product which meets your organization's needs:

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 SSDMF.com 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 dmf.ntis.gov 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.

Pension funds, insurance companies, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and others responsible for providing benefits or making benefit payments to retirees, recipients, or beneficiaries also use the DMF to verify if someone receiving a benefit or payment is deceased.

Finally, professional and amateur genealogists can use the DMF to search for loved ones, or work toward growing their family trees.

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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.

The USA Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), requires an effort to verify the identity of customers, including procedures to verify customer identity and maintaining records of information used to verify identity.

Institutions now have the option of subscribing to an online search application or maintaining a raw data version of the file at their location. The online service is updated on a weekly basis, and raw data file weekly and monthly updates are offered electronically via https, as well as via secure FTP, reducing handling and production time.

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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.

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