(Closed) Marriage name change – official SSA guidance

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 4
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

An employee at the lovely SSA office that I went to gave me lecture about why you cannot retain your maiden name if you choose to take your FI’s name.  It was BS because I know many other brides who have made that choice and now have their maiden name as thri middle name.  This time I am asking for his manager and/or going to another SSA office if they give me a hard time.

Anybody else have this issue at the SSA office?

Post # 6
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Geez. I had such an easy time at the SSA office. Good luck ladies!

Post # 7
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Gah…I had such a difficult time at the SSA office. I waited there for 2 hours for them to tell me that my marriage certificate wasn’t enough…I had to go to the DMV first. DMV was fantastic…frickin SSA was horrible! This of course was 5 years ago…so hopefully they’ve gotten better!

Post # 8
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@2PeasinaPod:  In Philly?!?  I’m in Montgomery County and Norrisown SSA was my first stop and they didn’t need anything to have been changed at DMV.  I think the SSA you went to wasn’t following the right procedure…or maybe they fixed it in the past 5 years.

Post # 9
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was in California but I changed my name to two middle names. From First Middle Maiden to First Middle Maidenn Last. They gave me zero problems. I hope you ladies get it figured out!!

Post # 10
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

In California, S. Cali to be exact, was told that I  had to go to SSA office first then DMV, once name is changed at SSA office it takes 24 hrs to update at the DMV…. went to SSA office on my appt day and time, had no problems…the lady that helped me was sweet, she didn’t even ask me for my ID, changed my name and then off I went in and out in 30 mins…DMV after was fine too, 20 mins there too also with appt.


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