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I will be signing up for benefits soon and have started researching the process. I plan on doing it online and the instructions say this

"We will ask for certain documents we need to review and process your application. These documents may include:

Your original birth certificate or other proof of your age. This must be the original document or a certified copy from the issuing agency."


The above instruction uses the word may.

So for those of you who have navigated the process, did you have to supply a birth certificate?

I do have my original birth certificate but there is no way I am going to mail it off to the SSA never to be seen again. If the online process insists on me providing, then screw the online process and I will go in to the SSA office and wait through the interminable lines.
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