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Can a bank require a beneficiary to provide a Social Security number?

Yes. Banks may require the beneficiary to provide a Social Security number (SSN) for monetary transactions.

This requirement is intended to verify that funds are distributed to the correct designated individual(s) listed in a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract.

Last Reviewed: October 2020

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