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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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Limited Access Death Master File

Final Rule Establishing Certification Program for Access to Death Master File in Effect

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) established a certification program for those seeking access to the Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) pursuant to Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-67).  Section 203 requires that NTIS charge fees sufficient to cover the costs associated with the certification program.  The final rule, which supersedes and replaces the interim final rule previously in effect, was published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2016, and became effective November 28, 2016.  The notice announcing the final rule may be viewed at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-01/html/2016-12479.htm.

The certification program established under the final rule limits access to LADMF information to those persons certified under the program.  Certified persons, also called Subscribers, must have a legitimate fraud prevention interest, or have a legitimate business purpose pursuant to a law, governmental rule, regulation, or fiduciary duty in order to be certified under the program.  To access the LADMF, you must:

NTIS will provide additional information and updates on this website concerning LADMF matters.

Previous Limited Access Death Master File Announcements are available at https://classic.ntis.gov/products/announcements/

If you have any questions, please contact John Hounsell via email: jhounsell@ntis.gov or by phone: 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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