Post # 1
I thought I’d post useful information for future bees regarding name changes soley with SSA. I work there so I thought I’d give you some quick info. I’ll try when possible to post links to policy from the SSA website, but many aren’t available on the website 🙂
https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0110212055#b explains to: Accept a name change document based on marriage, civil union or domestic partnership as evidence of the new name to be shown on the card, if the new name can be derived from the document. Any of the following changes to the last name, using the names shown on the evidence, are permitted:
- bride takes the groom’s last name;
- groom takes bride’s last name;
- spouse or partner takes the other parties’ last name;
- spouse or partner takes one part of the other parties’ compound surname;
- compound name (with or without hyphen) of each spouse’s or partner’s original surname for either or both parties
BUT If the document itself has an entry specifying what new name will be used, the SSN card must be issued in the legal name specified on the document. (Most states have a spot for both parties to indicate what their new name is. However, this spot does not need to be filled out. SSA will still do a change of name by deriving the new name from the top part of the marriage certificate. If you’re not sure what you want your new name to be then leave it blank!)
I’ve also seen people ask if their husbands can change their names. Yes- the marriage certificate is a name change document for both parties.
Middle names are not part of a person’s legal name, so technically it can be whatever you want- a combination of your middle and maiden name or even something crazy. It can be spelled incorrectly or even omitted. https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0110212001
In California the DMV will request you go to SSA first to do the change of name. (Some brides have told me they’ve had luck with doing the DMV first if they say they’re going straight to SSA, or just came from SSA). In my area, you can go straight from SSA with your receipt to the DMV that day.
Also IMPORTANT to remember to always bring in original or certified copies, no photocopies! You’ll be given your certificate right back after.
The card can take up to 2 weeks to arrive, but most people get them within a few days. Systems update overnight, so the new name will be updated by the next day.
Post # 3
Wish I would of seen this sooner, good advice. I was worried about going to get my SS card changed. It ended up being simple & quick. I got my new card in less than a week!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
They still told me I couldn’t change my middle name at the local SS office here in Central Florida (Orlando.) They only allow you to change the last name. Boo!
Post # 5
Great advice! I plan to go to the SS office in the next week or so.
Post # 6
@xoxolaura: do you have to have to wait for your marriage certificate to be mailed to you first before you go to the ss office?
Post # 7
Or can you take a copy of your marriage licence?
Post # 8
It needs to be the one mailed to you, or you can pick up a certified (stamped and costs $) copy from the courthouse. No copies, sorry 🙁
Post # 9
You can definitely change your middle name. I recommend if you ever need another replacement card to change it at that time. (For any change to your record you would need to bring a valid, unexpired i.d. and signed ssa-5 to the office or mail it in). Maybe print this up to show them https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0110212001
. There are tons of crazy rules for name changes and other stuff, so I wouldn’t be suprised if the representative wasn’t aware that this could be done. I’m not joking when I say your middle name could be anything- you could change it to Spaceship or whatever. (Way back when I was in training someone asked if this could be done
Post # 10
Social security plates no photocopies, but what about my drivers license? They need ID but I don’t have a passport or other state ID. If I mail my info in does that mean I have to go a week or two without my license on me?
Post # 11
- Wedding: February 2014 - Silverthorne Town Pavilion
Subscribing so I have this for later. Thank you 🙂
Post # 12
@xoxolaura: I have to go get mine changed now and it says on the site I need to prove im a citizen…..Cant I bring in my current SSC? My dad said he sent in my birth certificate to get a passport when I was younger and my DH accidently threw out my current passport.
Post # 13
if you were born in the U.S. you don’t need to bring in proof of your U.S. citizenship. If you were not born in the U.S. and have not already updated your citizenship with SSA, then yes, you need to bring in a U.S. passport or original Certificate of Naturalization.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
It’s a moot point right now — with the government shutdown, none of us can change our names and get new social security cards :(.
Post # 15
Also, what if I signed my marriage certificate with my maiden name (because I was undecided at the time). I can still change it I assume, right? Any hiccups because of that?
Post # 16
I think you’ll need to have your wedding license re-issued to you if you decide to change your name. I’m not 100% on that, though. They may need to only change it in their records.