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Proof of occupancy

What will FEMA accept as proof I lived in my home?


Below are several types of documents that you can show FEMA to prove occupancy and/or ownership of your home:
Occupancy – you lived in the home at the time of the disaster.

  • Utility Bill for your home with your name (or name of co-applicant). The utility bill should be for one of the major utilities, such as electricity, gas, or water.  The service address on the utility bill is the street address of the home.
  • Merchant's Statement sent to your home with your name (or name of co-applicant). Merchant statements include: credit card bills, delivery notices, or other first class mail addressed to you and showing the street address of the home.
  • Employer's Statement sent to your home with your name (or name of co-applicant). An employer's statement refers to pay stubs and similar documents sent to you and showing the street address of the home.
  • Current Driver’s License or State-Issued Identification card showing the street address of your home.
Ownership – you legally owned the home at the time of the disaster.  Your name is on the document as the legal owner of the home.
  • Deed or Official Record for the home.
  • Mortgage Payment Book or other mortgage documents.
  • Real Property Insurance Policy.
  • Property Tax Receipts or Tax Bill.
  • Property Title or Mobile Home Certificate of Title.

These are the most common documents but you may have other items available to show FEMA.  If you have additional questions on what documents to show FEMA, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or if using TTY (800) 462-7585.

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Last Updated: 
Wed, 03/02/2016 - 09:53