Attorney Procedure for Correcting SSN
(Revised April 27, 2012)
1. If the Social Security number of the Debtor(s) is incorrect, the Attorney shall Electronically file in the CM/ECF System the Debtor's Statement of Social Security Number (Form 21) with the correct Social Security Number using the event “Corrected Statement of Social Security number (Form 21).” The Debtor(s) must sign and date the corrected (Form 21) with their original signature and the Attorney should keep the original form for a period of one year after the case is closed.
2. Upon filing, the corrected (Form 21) with the correct Social Security number the Court will make the correction to the social security number in the Electronic Case Filing System.
3. The Attorney shall mail a copy of the corrected (Form 21) with the complete social security number to all creditors on the matrix. Do not redact the social security number on the form. The creditors received the Debtor’s incorrect complete social security number on the Meeting of Creditors Notice.
4. The Attorney shall file a certificate of mailing that states: that the Debtor’s Statement of Social Security Number (Form 21) was mailed to all creditors and state what date it was mailed using the event “Certificate of Mailing.” The Statement of Social Security Number (Form 21) must not be attached to the certificate of mailing.
5. The Attorney shall complete, file and mail Local Form 1009-1(H), Notice of Correction of Social Security Number notifying the Creditor Bureaus that the incorrect Social Security Number did not file Bankruptcy using event “Notice to Credit Bureaus of Incorrect Social Security Number.” The Attorney shall file a certificate of mailing stating that the form was mailed to the three national credit reporting agencies at their last known address on their website using the event “Certificate of Mailing.” This form does not include the Debtor’s corrected Social Security only the incorrect Social Security number that was originally reported to the Creditor Bureaus by creditors receiving the Meeting of Creditors Notice. The Bankruptcy Court does not report Social Security Number to the Credit Bureau Agencies.
6. If the correction is to the last four digits of the Social Security number, the Attorney shall also file, an Amendment to the Petition listing the Debtor's corrected last four digits of the Social Security Number using event “Amendment to Petition”. State the reason the Petition is being amended. This Amendment does not need to be mailed to all creditors since the corrected (Form 21) is mailed to all creditors.
7. Just a reminder, the Debtor's complete Social Security Number should never be included on any documents filed with the Court with the exception of the Statement of Social Security Number (Form 21) which is a restricted document to Court personnel only.