PM 09-03-01-c.

  1. Instruct the client to apply for benefits with the Railroad Retirement Board, when it appears that they may be eligible.
  2. Use HFS 213, Railroad Retirement Benefit Information, to verify a client's receipt and amount of Railroad Retirement Benefits. Send the form to:

Railroad Retirement Board
844 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

RAILROAD RETIREMENT CLAIM NUMBERS   

Claim Number Type of Beneficiary
A-000000, or
A-000-00-0000
Retired employee qualified to receive an annuity
MA-000000, or
MA-000-00-0000
Spouse of a retired employee- qualified to receive an annuity
WA-000000, or
WA-000-00-0000
Widow or widower, age 60 or over of a deceased person qualified to receive an deceased person qualified to receive an annuity
WD-000000, or
WD-000-00-0000
Widow or widower, age 60 or over of a deceased employee
WCA-000000, or
WCA-000-00-0000
Widow with a child in her care or child alone of a deceased person qualified to receive an annuity
WCD-000000, or
WCD-000-00-0000
Widow with a child in her care or a child alone of a deceased employee
PA-000000, or
PA-000-00-0000
Parent of deceased person qualified to receive an annuity
PD-000000, or
PD-000-00-0000
Parent of deceased employee
H-000000 Pensioner
MH-000000 Spouse of a pensioner
WH-000000 Widow or widower of a pensioner
WCH-000000 Widow with a child in her care or a child alone of a pensioner
PH-000000 Parent of a deceased pensioner
JA-000000 Surviving member of a joint annuity (Employee elected to receive a reduced annuity in order to guarantee payment to surviving spouse.)

A railroad retirement claim number is made up of one or more letters followed by the account number of the wage earner on whose earnings benefits are being paid. The letter(s) identify the claimant's relationship to the wage earner.