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End of the SSA “I’m alive” form (#7162) story

A few days ago I offered to send to anyone who needed SSA Form #7162 and its accompanying instructions. And I still do. Things have changed with the US embassy and consulate here in Ecuador not offering to help in sending in the form to the SSA. They both referred me to San Jose, Costa Rica’s US embassy. The instructions say to send the hard copy of the completed form to Wilkes Barre, PA and to email a scanned copy of the completed and signed form to Costa Rica. I did both on Monday the 5th and the check was in my US bank by Thursday morning the 8th. And the deposit was there before Wilkes Barre received the hard copy. So they’re doing something right up there in San Jose. Suspended on the 3rd, unsuspended on the 8th. Pretty good considering that via the EC US embassy it took 6 weeks two years ago.

For the early birds who do it before they get tagged and to the folks who are wondering where their money is, the instructions are pretty easy to follow with the US and CR addresses and all the information you need. By the way, the DHL cost is $65 – pretty much what a round trip to the Guayaquil consulate would cost. A happy and quick resolution to an empty bank account.

My email is and I’ll forward you the form and the instruction in PDF.

PS The reason for this form with all expats with a foreign address registered with SSA is that in the US all the funeral homes are obligated to report all deaths to the SSA. Not so obligated down here.