DNA Testing for social security benefits
Going through the process of acquiring social security benefits for a child of a deceased parent can sometimes be a stressful process.
Today, we will do our best to provide you with the latest information regarding social security benefits and the DNA testing process in the event your family is required to provide proof of a biological relationship between a parent and child.
What do I need to apply for a child’s survivors social security benefits?
When applying for benefits your assigned Social Security officer will require you to provide the child’s birth certificate, social security number as well as the parent’s social security number.
Depending on the type of benefits you may be required to provide additional documentation to social security. For example, if you are applying for survivors benefits for a child. Social Security will require you to furnish proof of the parent’s death by way of a death certificate. It is important to note, that parent’s name must be listed on the child’s birth certificate in order for the child to be eligible for survivor’s benefits. This is particularly important for fathers.
Mothers must move quickly in the event proving paternity after death to social security is requested. You may be required to perform a paternity test. The most common DNA testing options available to families are as follows.
- Having a DNA sample collector collect a DNA sample onsite at the funeral home before the deceased parent is buried.
- Acquiring a DNA sample from the coroner’s office.
It is important to note that acquiring DNA samples for this type of situation is time-sensitive. So it is important that you move quickly. For more information on the required social security documents please contact your state social security office for more information.
How long does will it take to receive my DNA result?
The turnaround for your DNA result will depend on the samples involved with your DNA test. For example, If the alleged father’s DNA sample was acquired from the coroner’s office. This type of DNA test may require 14-21 days to be completed due to the nature of the sample.
If a DNA sample collector was able to acquire a sample from a deceased corpse of the parent. The turnaround time for results will be 2-3 business days from the date in which the lab receives all of the DNA samples.
The last option is a family reconstruction DNA test. This may be required if the alleged father’s sample was unable to acquire from the previous two examples. Social Security may require the deceased parent, parent/s (grandparents) to perform a DNA test. If this is the case, the turnaround time for this type of DNA test can take 3-5 business days from the date on which the laboratory receives all samples.
To learn more about DNA Testing options IDTO DNA Testing Center provides assistance to provide proof of a biological relationship for Social Security purposes. Please contact our office today at 877-680-5800 for more information regarding your specific situation.