Post # 1
Does anybody have any info on changing your name to First Middle MyLast HisLast? Do all four names appear on your social security card? I was looking at the SSA form today, and there are 3 spots for your new name, plus one mysterious spot that says “other names used on your social security card”. What gives?? I want to keep my full name and tack his last name on the end – it was hard enough deciding to do that, I don’t know if I can handle dropping any of my current names!
Thanks for any info 🙂
Post # 3
Could you just make your make your middle name your ‘middle name + your last name’ then your new last name be your new last name?
Post # 4
I thought about that, but I’m not really sure! I don’t want them to freak out because I put a space in there….. If I don’t come up with anything else, that’s probably what I’ll do. It scares the hell outta me, because it’s probably just one dude at his computer who will be putting this on my new card – what if he gets lazy or doesn’t see the space? Oh, the trials and tribulations of name changing 😉
Post # 5
What exactly are you looking to do?
Keep your first name as your first name, your middle as your middle then your last name will technically become maidenname hislastname?
Let’s say your maiden name is Jane Kate Doe and your husband’s name is Smith, thus your new name is First Jane, Middle Kate, Last Doe Smith.
In Section 1
Your new name goes under Row 1.
Your maiden name goes under Row 2.
Also you will need paperwork legally allowing this change. I’m assuming you already did this on your marriage license? What you put on your Social Security card has to match your marriage license.
If you are afraid they will mess up the space between the 2 names on your new last name I would go in person because they let you proof it in person before they enter it into the system.
Post # 6
I have 4 names on mine and it’s fine–first, two middle names, and my new last name.
Post # 7
I’ve heard there’s a 26 letter limit on SS cards.
I cant’ remember where I heard that though, so take it with a grain of salt.
Post # 8
You just have to fill out both middle names on the middle name spot (or both last names on the last name spot).
My husband was born with 4 names, so I know it’s completely possible to have all 4 on your SS card
Post # 9
I agree with @ellabee, my FMIL has 4 names (first middle1 middle2 last) and then when she got divorced from FFIL and remarried she hypenated her last name (first middle1 middle2 last1-last2) and all of her names are on her SS card.
Post # 10
You absolutely can! I did it! Right now on the card, I have my first name, my middle name, my old last name, my new last name – but the two in the middle are abbreviated because of their length. The woman at the SS office was super happy to do it for me and loved it! I had no idea that people working in that office could be so chipper and nice!
Post # 11
EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, ladies! I kind of panicked when I saw that tiny little box… It is really hard for me to be changing my name at all, but it means the world to FI. I’m really glad to hear that the SSA is so flexible!
@Gerbera: I’m trying to have two middle names. We’re getting married in July, so I’ll have to wait till then to do it on the marriage license. good thinking about doing it in person – I hadn’t even considered that.
@floridabride12: WHOA. Thassa lotta names. It’s very comforting to know that!
@Ms. Library: Are they just abbreviated on the card, and still full in “real life”? I might have to end up doing that. I’ll have 38 letters plus 3 spaces once I add his name :
Thanks again, bees 🙂
Post # 12
Just an FYI, I didn’t have to fill out any forms at the SSA. I went in person, and they had a flowchart of which name change options are available in each circumstance. I just told the agent at the counter which option I wanted – which was 4 names, with my middle and maiden last as my new middle names. The process was super easy!
They didn’t shorten anything on mine, but I’m exactly 26 letters 🙂 My mom’s is 27 and wasn’t shortened either. It did take up two lines though, so I would think after two lines are filled, they might ask you to abbreviate.
I did have to shorten on my driver’s license, since it was only one line. So on that, my maiden last name got shortened to only an initial, but all other names were in full.
Post # 13
@MerryC: YESSSSSS!! I love a good flow chart 🙂 Thank you SO much for the info!
Post # 14
I hyphenated mylast-hislast but the US government can’t actually put a hyphen on your Social Security card, so it turned out First Middle Mylast Hislast.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
I may or may not know a little bit more than most about Social Security. Maybe I can help.
You can certainly have hyphens in your name and your name will be stored in Social Security’s records with a hyphen if you give it to them that way. However, the hyphen won’t print on your card. Insert some weird talk about standards here. No, I don’t get it either.
The character limits are 16 each for first and middle, and 21 for last name. However, there are ways Social Security can manipulate name to get as much as possible onto your actual card and they can and will do so.
Post # 16
actually, I got my new social security card and they had my hyphen in my last name..