Social Security Name Change
Once you have your marriage certificate or court order, the next step is to inform the SSA of your new name. The IRS, DMV and other agencies will only change your name to match what is currently on file with the SSA .
There is no fee to change names with the SSA. Complete form SS5 - Application for a Social Security Card.
For a full list of documents accepted by the SSA as proof of legal name change, please click here.
Once you have proof that your name has changed with the SSA, apply for an updated driver license, passport and the rest. Expect to eventually receive either a replacement Social Security card or correspondence confirming your name change. Your number remains the same.
It is generally not possible to file your name change in person at a SSA location. Some exceptions are possible, so if you believe you have special circumstances call ahead to try booking in an appointment.
File your SSA name change request by mail with original proof documents. As you are sending original documents, we strongly recommend using only traceable mail. Ironically, photo ID is generally required, however you are not allowed to drive without a driver's licence. Most state DMVs do not issue certified copies of driver licences. This is making it very difficult for anyone wanting to change their name!
Anecdotal feedback is that the SSA are slow to process name change requests and it can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. If you are filing by mail be sure that you won't need any documents mailed for up to 8 weeks.
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