Post # 1
So when I was born and my mother completed my birth certificate with one long first name. Upon recording it an error was made which put a hyphen in my first name. When my mother contacted them to have it fixed they informed her that they would not process a name change for a hyphen. Well now I have half of my legal documents with a hyphen and others without.
When I file for a name change to change my last name, do you know if I can change my first name as well?
Post # 3
I beleive that you would have to go to court to change your first name. It’s easy to change the last name because the marriage certificate triggers it, but not so easy if you want to change your original name.
Post # 4
I would check in whatever state you live in. It depends on the marriage certificate and the social security office.
Post # 5
@Ella1978- That is what I was afraid of. 🙁
@Rgeddy- I just don’t know how to get through to them. Everything is now automated 1-800 numbers.
Post # 6
Social Security is not going to allow you to change your first name to anything other than what is on your birth certificate unless you go through a legal name change with the court. In order to just change your first name with Social Security, you’d have to prove that what is in their records is different than what is on your birth certificate (or legally change your name as described before).
The only name you’ll be able to change with your marriage certificate is your last name.
For what it’s worth, I work for the Social Security Administration. I have also undergone more than one name change myself. If you need more advice about how names work with the Social Security Administration, please feel free to PM me and I’ll help as best I can.
Post # 8
yes you definitely need a “court order”, because if the new name isn’t referenced on your marriage certificate no one will acknowledge it. this was frustrating for me because i wanted to replace my middle name with my maiden name, and with as much crap as i went through to make that happen i can only imagine what it would take to change your first name.
also, can someone clarify what “court” approves a name change and where to contact these people?? every single government entity i dealt with to change my middle name to my maiden name gave me this shpeel about how i needed a court order. and i would ask “an order from what court?” and they could never answer me, would just repeat themselves. extremely aggravating!
Post # 9
Another one I know! In PA, you should call the Prothonotary’s Office in your local court. They’ll have all the details. 🙂
I lived in York PA for a while so I know right where York’s is (inside the court building downtown, just inside the front door and to the right!) but I don’t know exactly where Harrisburg’s is. Sorry.
Post # 10
Maybe you can jut go down to your county courthouse and ask the information desk. I’ve done that before and while they are usually short and snippy, they at least give me an answer without having to go through 1-800 numbers.
Post # 11
I’m not sure if it depends on the state or not. I know in VA, I just had to pay a small fee and file something with the courts and they changed it and I got sent a new birth certificate. I had to go to the courthouse to drop off the paperwork but didn’t have to go in front of a judge or anything.
Post # 12
I was wondering this too, but only because my middle name goes better with my new last name!