According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service accepts late registrations up until a man reaches his 26th birthday.
Failure to register is a felony and non-registrants may be denied the following benefits for life:
If you failed to register prior to reaching age 26, and are now being denied eligibility for federal or state benefits due to your failure to register, you can explain to the official handling your case (for example, a student financial aid officer) the reasons for your failure to register with Selective Service.
The burden of proof is on the person seeking the denied right or benefit.
You may be asked for an official response from the Selective Service System, which is referred to as a “status information letter.”
Pursuant to federal law, a person required to register with Selective Service, but who failed to register, may not be denied any federal right or benefit if he can show by a preponderance of the evidence (e.g. more-likely-than-not) that his failure to register was not knowing and willful. See 50 U.S.C. 3811(g).
The final decision regarding a non-registrant’s eligibility for employment lies with the department or agency granting the right or benefit.