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federal R es er ve Ba n k DALLAS. TEXAS of Dallas 75222 October 20,1965 SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS PAYABLE JOINTLY TO HUSBANDS AND WIVES To All Banks in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District: We have been advised by the Treasury Department that the Social Security Admin istration, under authority of a statute recently enacted, will begin shortly the issuance of checks payable jointly to husbands and wives. Under this law, if one of the joint payees dies the survivor is entitled to the full amount of the check. In order that the payment to the survivor may be accomplished quickly, thereby avoiding hardship in many cases, the Treasury and the Social Security Administration have agreed upon an arrangement whereby representatives of the Social Security Ad ministration at approximately 600 district offices throughout the country will be author ized to make a joint payee check payable to the survivor by placing an appropriate endorsement on the face of the check. The banks throughout the country are being informed that it is in order to cash these checks upon endorsement of the survivor designated by the Social Security district offices. In this connection, the Treasury Department has issued the Fourth Amendment, dated September 22, 1965, to its Circular No. 21, revised September 5, 1946. A copy of the amendment is attached, together with an illustration of the stamped superendorse ment which will be used. Yours very truly, Watrous H. Irons President Attachments (2) This publication was digitized and made available by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Historical Library (FedHistory@dal.frb.org) REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE INDORSEMENT AND PAYMENT OE CHECKS DRAWN ON THE TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES Department C ir c u la r No. 21 (R evised September 19^6) (Fourth Amendment) TREASURY DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Washington, D. C. September 2 2, 1965 F is c a l S e rv ice O ff ic e o f th e T rea su rer, U .S. To a l l Banks and Bankers and Others Concerned; Treasury Department C ir c u la r No. 21 (R ev ised ) dated September 1-9^6, as amended, is hereby fu r th e r amended by the a d d it io n o f subpara graph ( c ) t o paragraph 4 t o read as f o llo w s : ^. Deceased payees - * * * ( c ) A S o c ia l S e c u r ity b e n e f it check is su e d j o i n t l y to two o r more in d iv id u a ls o f th e same fa m ily s h a ll, upon the death o f one o f the j o i n t payees p r io r t o the n e g o tia tio n o f such ch eck, be retu rn ed t o the S o c ia l S e c u r ity D is t r ic t O f f i c e . That o f f i c e may a u th o rize the payment o f the check to the s u r v iv in g payee or payees by the placem ent on the fa c e o f the check o f a stamped legen d sig n ed by an o f f i c i a l o f the S o c ia l S e c u r ity A d m in istra tion r e d e s ig n a tin g such s u r v iv o r or s u rv iv o rs as th e payee o f the ch eck . A check b e a rin g such stamped leg en d , sign ed by th e o f f i c i a l o f the S o c ia l S e c u r ity A d m in istra tion , may be in d orsed and n ego t i a t e d by the person or persons named as i f such check o r i g i n a l l y had been drawn payable t o such p ayee. F i s c a l A s s is ta n t S e cre ta ry (name o f d e c e a s e d b e n e f i c i a r y ) I S DECEASED. T H I S CHECK I S NOW PAYABLE T O T H E ORDER OF ( name o f s u r v i v i n g b e n e f i c i a r y ) _________ ( s i g n a t u r e and t i t l e o f DO e m p l o y e e ) 1 A U T H O R I T Y OF SOC. SEC. ADM.