Post # 1
I got married 6 months ago and I’m finally just now getting around to changing my name. I want to mail in my name change application to Social Security rather than going in person because I live in a big city and it takes hours if you go to the Social Security office, and I can’t take a lot of time off work. However, I’m confused and a little worried about some things to do with the mail-in application.
I’m planning to add my husband’s last name to my maiden name as a double-barrelled last name, and drop my middle name for ease. So for example, instead of being Elizabeth Middlename Maidenname, I’ll be Elizabeth Maidenname Husbandsname. I’m not making my maiden name into my middle name – my full last name will be Maidenname Husbandsname, with no hyphen, just a space. However, the mail-in application requires you to write in your new name by hand and there’s only a very small space for your new last name! I’m paranoid that the Social Security office won’t be able to read it well all crammed in that tiny space and I’ll end up with a new social security card with my name misspelled or with some other mistake. Does anyone have experience with this??
I’m also a little confused because the state in which we got married doesn’t make you put down your new name on the marriage license, so my marriage certificate doesn’t have any documentation of my new name, unlike some states. Will this be an issue for me? Or can I literally just put whatever new name I want on the Social Security name change application and just the fact that I’ve gotten married (demonstrated by my marriage certificate) will be enough justification?
Post # 2
I can’t speak to mailing it in but my marriage certificate doesn’t say my new name anywhere either and I’ve never had a problem. They just see his last name and that works.
Post # 3
Can you just print out your name, cut it out and glue it to the paper? Worst case you use a small font or glue it a little bit over the printed text. They will know what’s printed underneath, they see those forms a gazillion times a day.
Post # 4
I thought it was going to have to wait for hours, at SSA, but was super surprised that it took 21 minutes, from locking my car door, to getting back in my car. He did say that in the morning, it was pretty busy, but by the afternoon, it was a ghost town. I live in a congested, metro area, so I was a bit surprised.
DMV still took 1.5 hours, even with an appointment! The line going out the door, and around the building for those without an app’t was mind boggling.
If I were you, I’d bite the bullet and go down to SSA. What you want to do isn’t particularly common, and you want them to get that right, because that will be your legal name.
As for your marriage registry not having your new married name on it, that doesn’t matter at all. Your name gets changed at SSA, not at your ceremony. You could put one name, on your marriage registry, then change your mind, and decide on a different name, when you’re at SSA.
Post # 5
I’m not sure where you live but where I live what you’re wanting to do is a full legal name change. Here after marriage you can keep your maiden name, go by your married name or hyphenate. Any other changes (like dropping your middle name) would be grounds for a whole new name change and its a hell of a lot of work and way more paperwork. I wanted to do something similar but it wasn’t worth the headache for me.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2019 - City, State
The state I got married in also does not have a place for “new name,” and I filed my SS name change in a different state and had no issues. Some states do require that, but as long as the local SS office is filing your form I don’t think you’ll have an issue.
As for having room, you can download and fill out the SS application on your computer, then print it out.
Post # 7
My marriage license didn’t include my “married name” either- it’s a non issue. I also double barreled my maiden name and married name, no hyphen- but kept my middle name. I strongly suggest going into the SS office. It went a lot quicker than I thought it would, but because double barreling isn’t that common, you want to make sure it is done correctly the first time. I didn’t have any issues at my SS office, but the DMV was a nightmare. Even though I had my new SS card with my new legal name clearly stated, for some reason the DMV could not get it right and I had to spend hours getting my license reprinted multiple times in one visit. I feel like getting corrections at the SS office would be even more tedious.
Post # 8
I really think you should take the time to go to the SSA in person, especially since you plan to drop your middle name. That way, you can confirm that everything is correct before they submit your application (they usually give you a print out with your new name, address, etc. so that you can review and make any necessary edits). I double-barreled my last name in my first marriage and I had to explain to the SSA clerk exactly what I wanted a couple times, because she originally added a hyphen.
My marriage license doesn’t include my married name, and I had no issues there, so I wouldn’t worry about that.