Social Security name change from divorce
As with all name changes, always start by getting a Social Security card issued in your new name. Other government agencies check your name with the SSA before they make any changes and your names must match.
What document do I need to change names with the SSA after divorce?
The best document to use is a court order that restores your former name. If you don't have this, you can show your court issued divorce order alongside other documents issued in your former name. If your divorce order was issued within the past 2 years and states your married and former names, you may only need to present this with a valid US driver’s license or passport.
If your divorce decree is 2 or more years old or if doesn't list both names, you must also provide an additional document to prove your identity in your prior name and in some cases in your new name. There are a number of documents you could show. Check the SS5 - Application for a Social Security Card form for a more comprehensive list, or read the Easy Name Change guide, which comes free with any of our name change kits.
Receive a replacement Social Security card in your new name
Allow three days from the SSA receiving your request until your name is updated in their system. A replacement card with your new name and existing SSA number will be delivered about 2 weeks later. You don't need to wait for your new card to be delivered before notifying other agencies. The DMV and other organizations can access your SSA records online, so you can visit the DMV and request an updated license a few days after the SSA has received your name change request.
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