(Closed) Name Change With Social Security Administration

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
Member
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

They didn’t even ask to see my ID. I was really surprised by that. Marriage certificate only. I had my passport, license, and SS card ready to go but…nope! Blah, I didn’t know that about the IRS. I’ll have to look into that next.

Post # 4
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was told by the SSA clerk last week that they update the IRS. The IRS verifies your name change with the SSA when you submit your taxes. I filed my taxes under my newlastname but SSA had my oldname on file, so my taxes were put on a freeze. I don’t think you have to notify the IRS by calling them, you just submit your taxes under your new name next year.

EDIT: I did call the SSA office & they verified this. I also called the IRS 3 times this month & had mailed them a letter along with my taxes with my marriage certificate & they didn’t use that as legal documentation, all they do is verify your new name thru SSA.

Post # 6
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Nope, you just tell SSA & then tell your employer. You’ll have to fill out a new W4 form, to change your filing number & your name. I’ve been told that by 2 people & online. I’m not an accountant, but I’ve been dealing with this all month.

Post # 7
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a question for those who have already changed their names with the SSA.  Did your marriage license include your married name?  If not, did you need to do anything in addition to showing your marriage license (at the SSA) in order to change your name?

Post # 8
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, your marriage license will show your new name. I don’t have it with me to double check thou, but the court house (where I applied to get my marriage license) had me chose my new name when I got the license.

At SSA: Bring your driver’s license & birth certificate or passport. You need to prove who you are to SSA. Bring a CERTIFIED copy of your marriage license to SSA. I brought in a copy of mine & then I had to go order a certified copy for them to accept it. The looked it over, I told them why I was changing my name (got married) & showed them the marriage license. They updated my files & said it would be 2 weeks for me to get my new card.

EDIT: Ya know, your new name might not be on the marriage license. I remember I had to tell the court clerk what my new name would be before I got my license. SSA lets you change your last name to the person you got married to’s. You can’t change your first name. You can change your middle name if you want. It is EXTREMELY important you update SSA before you do your taxes. I learned that the hard way :/.

Post # 9
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My marriage license does not show my new name.  I think it just depends where you get married.  I am trying figure out if this is going to end up requiring a court-ordered name change.

Post # 10
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4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I still haven’t done this.  Its such an inconvenience to take the time off, and I hate the neighborhood, the parking is ridiculous.  But, I have to suck it up and do it! 

Post # 11
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@tnason – you won’t need a court-ordered name change. SSA has rules, such as, they can change your name if you got married, but only your last name, so long as you have a marriage license. I wanted to change my 1st name, but that would have to be court-ordered. If I didn’t get married & just wanted to change my last name, that would have to be court-ordered. Marriage is like a “SSA ok to change your last name” card.

Post # 12
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@jennifer espos – I think you MIGHT be able to do it online? Not sure. You probably have to go in but SSA does have a website. You should be ok not updating SSA for now, as long as you do it BEFORE you file your taxes. It caused my taxes to be delayed at least 30 days PLUS because of this confusion, I’m being audited. Just make sure you have everything you need. I waited there 40 minutes, got called up & was told I needed a ‘certified’ copy of my marriage license, so I had to go order one & go back & wait in line another 30 min. Not fun at all.

Post # 13
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2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

omg for me this was the biggest hassle in the world. I actually wrote a multi part saga about it on my blog! It took months because I am canadian and I didn’t change my greencard first and it took 2 visits to convince them they could do it, then another 2 to find an employee who knew how! It was so much drama.

Post # 14
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Anyone know how it works if your groom is changing his name as well?  Does SSA give them a free-pass for getting married too?  Or are we still systematically biased?

Post # 15
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18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think they were wrong by telling you that the IRS won’t be notified:

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=105969,00.html

You will go ahead and change your name at your work which will also let them know about the name change for your SSN.

@tnason: My marriage license didn’t have my new last name but they saw my husband’s on there so I was able to change my name with that.

Post # 16
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think the groom MIGHT be able to change his last name to yours instead of you changing to his? I don’t remember, you should go to your local court house (or where you apply for the marriage license) & they can tell you everything there :).

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