Steps to Take When an Annuitant Dies

Eligibility for Survivor Benefit Plan annuity pay ends with the death of the
annuitant (beneficiary). Prompt reporting of a deceased military annuitant's
death can help avoid delay and possible financial hardship to surviving family
members or executors, who will be required to return any unearned payments
of the decedent's annuity pay. Follow the steps to report the death of
an annuitant.

Step 1 Call DFAS at 1-800-321-1080 to report the death of the annuitant.
Step 2 Send a copy of the annuitant’s death certificate (showing cause of
death) to:
DFAS U.S. Military Annuitant Pay
P.O. Box 7131; London, KY 40742-7131
Fax: 1-800 982-8459
Step 3 Inform the financial institution receiving payments about the death of
the annuitant.
Contact the following agencies/departments as soon as possible:
• Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213 (
• Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System: 1-800-538-9552
• Department of Veterans Affairs: 1-800-827-1000 for annuitants
receiving Dependency Indemnity Compensation (