The Death Master File, or DMF, is the master list of citizen deaths known to the Social Security Administration.  The file contains over 86 million records of deceased social security number holders, including names, dates of birth, and dates of death, in addition to the social security number of each decedent.

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We are certified as per the final rule. As our customer, you can enjoy access to the records, rely on the accuracy of the information provided without having to become certified, therefore saving time and money.

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What is the Death Master File?

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Who uses the Death Master File?

The Death Master File is utilized by:
• Employers
• Financiers
• Security Companies
• Insurance Firms

Employers, financiers, and security companies utilize the DMF to protect themselves from unscrupulous individuals, employees or borrowers who are operating under an assumed identity.
Life insurance firms utilize the DMF in order to know when to cease paying annuities, and are required by law in some states to search the DMF on a regular basis in order to guarantee that benefits are paid to the heirs of the deceased.
Businesses that use consumer reports, under the new rules, must adopt a plan to detect, 

prevent and mitigate identity theft.

Why use the Death Master File?

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• Compliance Officers
• State and local governments
• Medical researchers
• Hospitals

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How is the Death Master File Searched?

The Death Master File may be searched manually with individual queries, through batch queries, or through the purchase of raw data.  The search may also be performed automatically through custom software designed for this purpose by third-party companies.  Companies that currently utilize custom software to search the OIG database of excluded individuals and entities may have the option of incorporating DMF searches into their current software package.

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What is the easiest way to search the Death Master File?

Each business must choose the option that works best for its own individual needs. Businesses that perform irregular, small-scale searches would be best off conducting query searches on an as-needed basis.

Large corporations that perform comprehensive searches on a regular basis may choose to purchase the raw data and create the infrastructure necessary to use it effectively, or to contract with a third party company that can assume the entire burden of DMF searches.

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Not sure how to access the DMF with the new NTIS Final Rule in effect? We can help!

We are certified as per the final rule. As our customer, you can enjoy access to the records, rely on the accuracy of the information provided without having to become certified, therefore saving time and money.

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DEATH MASTER FILE.

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Streamline Verify offers easy, automated monthly searches of the DMF for large and small corporations.  Our sophisticated, user-friendly software searches the DMF and sends you instant notification of all flagged matches.

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