Social Security Name Change
Once you have your marriage certificate, divorce order or court ordered name change document 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.
Most people prefer to file at in person at a SSA location as you must show your original proof of name change document. When filing in peron your document will be copied and returned on the spot. If you don't have time to visit an office you can send your application by mail to your local office. Include your original certificate showing proof of name change and original copies of any other necessary documents. It is recommended you use a tracable delivery method and your documents will be returned.
Your name is generally updated within 3 working days of your application being received. Once the SSA changes your name you can then get an updated driver license, passport and the rest. You don't need to wait for confirmation back from the SSA that your name has changed before visiting the DMV as they can access your records online. Either a replacement Social Security card or correspondence confirming your name change will be mailed within 2 weeks. Your number remains the same.
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