(Closed) Mailing in Name Change Paperwork

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Because of how nervous I was I just called in sick that last Monday actually and got to the SS office right when it opened! I didn’t feel comfortable mailing in all those important papers and info and it will get processed a lot faster if you are able to go in person 🙂 

Post # 3
1494 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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amwoods00 :  I agree about mailing them in…the docs are too important and I’d be worried that since they get so much mail it’s even more likely to get misplaced. I went to my SS office as soon as they opened during the week and there was literally no lines to get in, I was in and out within 15-30 minues (maybe hop in and get the application a day before so when you visit in the morning everything is ready to go).

That way you either don’t have to take a day off from work, or ask to come in a little late 🙂

Post # 4
182 posts
Blushing bee

My wife went to the local SS office to do it in person, same with the DMV paperwork.

BUT for her passport, we filled out the form online, printed it, and mailed it. We sent a legit copy of our marriage license (i ordered three from the county), put it in with the US Passport document, and sent it via certified mail.

We got it back in three weeks w/ her new passport!

Post # 5
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I mailed them in. I thought ehhhh what the hell, and shipped them off. I had a tracking number so I knew it was delivered the next day. 

About a week later I received all my personal documents back in an envelope with a letter stating my SS card was coming within 2 weeks…and received the actual card only a couple days later.

Post # 6
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I mailed mine in. No issues. I got everything back relatively quickly. 

Post # 7
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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Pantone032 :  Yeah, I found out that you HAVE to mail the passport, there’s no other way to do it.  I did everything else in person in downtown Chicago and it was super easy.  I tried to get my passport changed in person as well, but you literally can’t.  I was nervous because Chicago mail is notoriously bad, so I FedExed it.  Tracking all the way.

Post # 8
1363 posts
Bumble bee

I personally made sure I filled out the forms ahead of time and then just showed up 20 minutes before the office opened. I was able to get in and out in 15 minutes, tops. Could you do that and still get to work, just a little late?

If you need to mail them, I’d recommend getting tracking/delivery confirmation. That’s what we’ll do when we update our passports. 

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