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Appointment of Representative

Download and Print the SSA-1696

Request may not be processed if the form is incomplete or illegible.

Choosing to be Represented

You can choose to have a representative help you when you do business with Social Security.

We will work with your representative, just as we would with you. It is important that you select a qualified person because, once appointed, your representative may act for you in most Social Security matters.

We give more information, and examples of what a representative may do, in the section titled “Information for Claimants.”

Privacy Act Statement

Collection and Use of Personal Information Sections 206(a) and 1631(d) of the Social Security Act, as amended, authorize us to collect this information.
We will use the information you provide on this form to verify your appointment of an individual as your representative and his or her acceptance of the appointment.

Completion of this form is voluntary; however, if you want to use this form to appoint someone to act on your behalf in matters before the Social Security Administration (SSA), then you and that individual must complete the appropriate sections of this form.

We rarely use the information you supply for any purpose other than to verify your appointment of an individual as your representative and his or her acceptance of the appointment. 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, which include but are not limited to the following:

1.To enable a third party or an agency to assist Social Security in establishing right to Social Security benefits and/or coverage;

2.To comply with Federal laws requiring the release of information from Social Security records (e.g., to the Government Accountability Office or 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 Social Security programs.

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.

And much more...