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Request for Status Information Letter
There may be a time when a man declares that he is not registered with the
Selective Service System and is applying for any of
the following benefits or programs linked to the
federal student loans and grant programs
federal job training under the Workforce
federal jobs or security clearance as a
He may ask that the agency granting the benefit or financial aid
officer processing his loan not to hold up the
approval process pending a status information letter
from the Selective Service System because there are
certain conditions that do not require a man to have
a status information letter from Selective Service.
No status information letters are required from the
Selective Service System for :
A: Note to
USCIS officers: In accordance with U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) Policy
Manual - Volume 12 - Part D - Chapter 7,
applicants for naturalization who are over age 31
are eligible for naturalization even if they
knowingly and willfully failed to register. This
is because the applicant's failure to register would
be outside of the statutory period during which the
applicant must show that he is of good moral
character and disposed to the good order and
happiness of the United States. Thus a man's failure
to register with Selective Service does not make him
ineligible for naturalization because he is age 31
B: Note to financial aid officers:
If the man falls within one of the following
categories, a Status Information Letter from
Selective Service is NOT required if he can provide
a copy of supporting documentation proving his case
to your satisfaction. For more information, please
consult the latest Student Financial Aid Handbook,
Volume 1, Chapter 5, Page 1-61. To refer to the
handbook, please click
Date of entry stamp in his passport, I-94 with date
of entry stamp on it, or a letter from the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
indicating the date the man entered the United
States. If the men entered the U.S. illegally after
his 26th birthday, he must provide proof
that he was not living in the U.S. from age 18
through 25. Resident Alien Card (Green Card) is not
valid as proof of the date of entry to the United
For example, if the man entered the United States as
an F-1 student visa and remained in that status
until his 26th birthday, he would need to
provide documentation indicating that he was
admitted on an F-1 visa and attended school
full-time as required. Acceptable documentation for
this situation include a copy of his I-20 form or a
letter from the school he attended indicating his
full-time attendance as a non-immigrant alien. The
same thing applies for all non-immigrant statuses.
Official government issued document showing date of
birth such as state ID card, driver’s license,
passport, birth certificate.
DD-214 or current
fulltime active duty orders, military ID card.
For men over age
26 who failed to register, active duty U.S. military
service is compelling
evidence that their failure to register was
not knowing and willful.
Who Must Register
Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens
living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are
required to register with Selective Service. It's
important to know that even though he is registered,
a man will not automatically be inducted into the
military. In a crisis requiring a draft, men would
be called in sequence determined by random lottery
number and year of birth. Then, they would be
examined for mental, physical and moral fitness by
the military before being deferred or exempted from
military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.
Men 18 through 25 years old may still register with Selective
Service up until their 26th
birthday. To determine who must register with
Selective Service, check here
chart of who must register is also
There are various ways to register:
Keep Your Status Information Letter
NOTE: Once you receive your Status Information
Letter from Selective Service keep the original copy
in your permanent files and provide a copy to the
agency or school requesting your Status Information
For your convenience, you can download the
Request for Status Information Letter form,
which includes the instructions for completing this
form. This document is in a PDF format.
FINAL DECISION –
benefit agency official handling your case, not the
Selective Service, will determine whether you have
shown that your failure to register was not a
knowing and willful failure to register. The final
decision regarding your eligibility for the benefit
that you seek will be made by the agency granting
the benefit (for example, for student financial aid,
this would be the school’s financial aid officer).
In some agencies, an appeals process is available.
Reference links on the Selective Service
Below is the Department of Education’s link to
Chapter 5 of its Student Financial Aid Handbook
(2009-2010) relating to Selective Service
Here is a link to the Department of Education’s
regulations: 34 CFR 668.37:
Also see, Selective Service Web site: