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  • Early Submission of Registration Information - Registration Forms may be completed and submitted to SSS or registration information may be entered on the SSS Web site as early as age 17. However, a man’s registration record will not be processed until 30 days before his 18th birthday.   
  • Late Registrations - Selective Service can accept a Registration Form from a man up until he reaches 26. Selective Service cannot register men who have already reached their 26th birthday. However, a 1986 amendment to the Military Selective Service Act allows men who did not willfully and knowingly fail to register before their 26th birthday to obtain a “Status Information Letter” from the Selective Service System.
  • The Status Information Letter provides the status of a man’s registration record and whether Selective Service records indicate if there is any evidence that he knew of his requirement to register with the Selective Service System. Status Information Letters are often needed by men seeking Federal benefits, including student financial aid or, for immigrants, United States citizenship, when they did not register and are 26 years of age or older.
  • How to Request a Status Information Letter - Men who would like to request a Status Information Letter from Selective Service may do so by calling the Registration Information Office and requesting a Status Information Form: (847) 688-6888 or they can go the the Selective Service System Web site ( and click on Get Form to Request a “Status Information Letter, or by writing to:

Selective Service System (SIL)
P.O. Box 94638
Palatine, IL 60094-4638

On the Status Information Form, the individual states his full legal name, date of birth, Social Security Account Number, address, and the reason why he did not register between the ages of 18 through 25. The completed form and copies of supporting documents, if any, should be returned to the above address. Typically, Selective Service will respond to a status information request within 30 to 45 days of receiving the completed form.

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Last Updated July 10, 2008
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