(Closed) Social Security Administration and hyphenated last names questions

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Edited…going to check to be sure….

Post # 5
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 7
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I also have my name hyphenated on both my SS card and drivers license! Weird that you can’t do it. 

Post # 9
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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.

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