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New form will assist with death notifications

Posted 11/2/2011   Updated 11/2/2011 Email story   Print story


11/2/2011 - CLEVELAND (AFRNS) -- Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials report that survivors can now use a "fast form" to report the passing of a retiree on the Internet rather than waiting on the phone.

The DFAS Form 9221 for notification of death can be processed quicker than faxed or mailed forms, said officials, and they save paper and postage costs. Officials warn that if a survivor doesn't receive confirmation of receipt from DFAS within 48 hours of submitting the form, they should call 800-321-1080.

The form can be completed and submitted online from the privacy of a customer's home, or with the help of a casualty assistance representative. Submitting the form initiates all of the same actions a DFAS customer care center representative would:

-- The retiree's account will be suspended to avoid release of monthly payments.

-- A Standard Form 1174 claim form will be sent to the retiree's arrears-of-pay beneficiary.

-- If the decedent was enrolled in the Survivor Benefit Plan or the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan, an annuitant care package will be sent to the beneficiary.

The notification-of-death form is only for reporting the death of a military retiree. Annuitant deaths must still be reported to one of the DFAS customer care representatives at 800-321-1080.

To access the notification of death fast form, click on the link at

1/12/2016 5:11:34 PM ET
Does any site have a down loadable copy of this DD form 9221. This problem has persisted for years yet no one is answering the bell. Our tax dollars at work.
James Gilliss, Granbury TX
1/4/2016 2:03:07 PM ET
el, CT
1/4/2016 2:02:14 PM ET
el, CT
5/28/2014 10:37:17 AM ET
For anyone still struggling with this try opening the file using internet explorer not google chrome or firefox. Apparently the government is a little behind on the times -- shocking.
Bevin, United States
9/1/2013 7:57:52 AM ET
I'm also having trouble with this site. Downloaded the update of Adobe and I still can't download the form. I'm trying to report my brother's death in a timely manner and it's not working. Not a good time for this site to not work.
Kim Yale, Pennsylvania
7/14/2013 3:55:34 PM ET
It's pretty clear that this is typical of our government. These comments have not been looked at in yearsI have tried several times to locate the form with no success.Way to go folks
Harley Jacobson, United States
5/30/2013 6:08:26 PM ET
Please make it possible for us to download DFAS Form 92212 death notification. If we can prepare a draft for beneficiaries it would help them later on. thanks
Jerry King Weston, Antelope CA
1/6/2013 2:56:54 PM ET
I can not locate form DFAS 9221 to be printed. I have printed the instructions.
Hugo B. South, Pleasanton TX.
1/4/2013 12:44:41 AM ET
I have tried every way that I can think of and I still can't access for DFAS 9221.
Roger Fisher, Sacramento CA
1/23/2012 3:42:22 PM ET
Problem with Security Certificate identified when trying to open form. Long ongoing problem. Where is the fix
Tom Incrocci, Illinois
1/7/2012 6:35:47 PM ET
Unable to open and print DFAS 9221 from above.
Lavon Liebhart, Wooster Ohio
12/26/2011 7:06:55 AM ET
Unable to open up DFAS 9221
Ronald Backofen, Bossier City LA
11/11/2011 4:14:42 PM ET
Unable to open DFAS Form 9221 from above link on 11112011
Thomas Robeson, Summerfield FL
11/11/2011 3:25:51 AM ET
unable to print dfas form 9221 WHY
McLaughlin, FRANCE
11/9/2011 3:55:10 PM ET
Unable to print off DFAS Form 9221 from above link.
Stanley Addy, EvansvilleIN
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