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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Prefixes Used by the Railroad Retirement Board

(Posted January 30, 2013)

Question 961: What does the "G" represent, when it is used at the beginning of a Railroad Retirement Claim Number?

Answer: According to the U.S. Treasury's web site, a "G" is not used as a prefix on Treasury checks.

Here are the Prefixes used by Railroad Retirement:

A - First application filed by rail worker

D - First application filed after death of rail worker

MA - Spouse of rail worker

P - Eligible parent of rail worker

W - Widow(er) of rail worker

WC -Young Widow(er) with eligible child of rail worker

X -Divorced Spouse or Widow

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Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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