Report SBP Annuitant's Death

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and Accounting Service
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Report a SBP Annuitant's Death

Eligibility for Survivor Benefit Plan annuity pay ends with the death of the annuitant (beneficiary). Prompt reporting of a deceased military annuitant's death can help avoid delay and possible financial hardship to surviving family members or executors, who will be required to return any unearned payments of the decedent's annuity pay.

Please follow the steps below to report the death of an annuitant.
Step 1 - Please call 800-321-1080 to report the death of the annuitant.

Step 2 – Please send a copy of the annuitant’s death certificate showing cause of death to:
DFAS U.S. Military Annuitant Pay
P.O. Box 7131
London, KY 40742-7131

FAX: 800 982-8459
Step 3 - Please inform the financial institution receiving payments about the death of the annuitant.

Contact List:
In addition to notifying DFAS, you should also notify the following agencies/departments as soon as possible:

Social Security Administration
at 800-772-1213.

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System at 800-538-9552.

Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-827-1000 for annuitants receiving Dependency Indemnity Compensation.

Related Links
Apply for Arrears of Annuity

Page updated March 20, 2015