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Frequently Asked Questions

Status Notifications Update


How Do Status Notifications Work?
Status notifications are a three-step process that will update you when DFAS receives select forms or documents for processing by mail or fax (or in some specific cases, through AskDFAS). You will receive separate status notifications when your form or document is:
1. Received and queued in the DFAS work system
2. Assigned to be worked
3. Completed - Either a notification the processing is complete or a notification that DFAS is sending a request for additional information.

What is the Benefit of a Status Notification?

Status notifications provide you with progress updates for your submitted form or request. They will also provide you with the timeframe when we completed your request or notify you if additional information is required. If we do need additional information, you will know to watch for a letter in the mail, with specific information about what we need to complete your request.
What Status Notifications are Available?    

Status notifications are available for:

  • Submissions related to Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

  • SF1174 Designation of beneficiary for Arrears of Pay

  • DD 2656-7 SBP Annuity Startup form

  • DD 2788 School Certifications

  • SF 1199 Direct Deposit form

  • DD 2558 Authorization to Start, Stop, or Change an Allotment

  • Change of Address Requests – (Fax and mail requests only)

  • DD 2894 Designation of Beneficiary

  • State Income Tax Withholding

  • Reserve Retirement Orders – (Submitted when working with your Branch of Service)

  • Retirement Orders – (Submitted when working with your Branch of Service)

Status notifications for additional categories of requests will be added throughout the coming year

What You Need to Do to Receive Status Notifications
To receive these status notifications, please ensure your email address is available and updated in myPay. You will receive most status notifications via SmartDoc email, which require a valid email address in myPay. To add or ensure your email address is up-to-date, please visit
If you’re not yet using myPay, it’s easy to get started and add your email address for status notifications. We have a handy step-by-step, downloadable “Get Started with myPay” guide available at:


Page updated Sept 29, 2021