Post # 1
I went to the Social Security Administration office today, and I am really frustrated and angry about how my name change was handled. The person I dealt with was incredibly rude and it was overall an unpleasant experience. This person told me no hyphens are allowed on Social Security cards, so my name was submitted as [First name] [Middle name] [My maiden name] [My husband’s last name]. I am now worried about how my name should appear on my driver’s license, my passport, and how it should be reported to my employer. I wanted it to be [First name] [Middle name] [My maiden name-Husband’s last name]. Has anyone else had problems with this?
Post # 3
Edited…going to check to be sure….
Post # 4
My husband and I were on the phone with Social Security for more than an hour, and it is true that you can’t have hyphens on the card. When we asked how it was possible for someone to legally have a hyphenated name since it doesn’t match what’s on the card, we were told a hyphenated name isn’t legal. WTF? The whole thing is ridiculous. Had the awful person we dealt with in person told me this would be an issue, I would have never changed it in the first place. I am seriously furious over this.
Post # 5
Most airlines will not accept the hyphen. You can type it in all you want but when your boarding pass comes out, no hyphen.
Not sure about elsewhere but DC drivers licenses do not accept hyphens, and DC marriage license and certificate follow the drivers license, so Darling Husband has no hyphen in his hyphenated name on those. Now I want to check his green card 😀
Anyway, lots of places don’t support the hyphen. It’s more like a decoration than an actual character. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. It’s just part of the fun of having a hyphen in your name.
Post # 6
@fishbone: Thanks for your post. It was informative and I feel slightly better about everything.
Post # 7
I’m surprised anyone with the SSA said you can’t have a hyphen on the card, because I do. The person with whom I dealt at the local office didn’t even bat an eye when she saw the hyphen on my form. In my state (Wisconsin), I also have it on my driver’s license. I’ve never had it hyphenated on a plane ticket; the two names are combined into one word.
Post # 8
I also have my name hyphenated on both my SS card and drivers license! Weird that you can’t do it.
Post # 9
My first husband had a hyphenated name that his family had been using for many, many generations. I took his name and made my maiden name my middle name. The SS office allowed me to use a hyphen. This could have been because the name was very well known in the city where I registered the change, or it could be that in 2005 the rule was different. It also could have been that it I was not combining two names and we got married in a state that allowed the hypen on the marriage certificate. My driver’s license however, didn’t have the hypen. It read [First Name] [Maiden Name] [First Hypenated Name] [Second Hyphenated Name] so it looked like I had two middle names. Other things, like bank accounts, credit cards, insurance, etc, used a combination of things. My debit card only had the second hyphenated name. My credit cards squished the two hyphenated names together. No one ever batted an eye at it though or gave me problems about it not matching the DL.