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Didn’t request a name change order? Like with everything divorce, laws differ by state.
If your divorce is not final, then ask the judge for an order restoring your former name. Many states can issue this while your divorce is in progress. This is the simplest way forward and your name change order will be accepted everywhere.
If your divorce is final, check with the court to see if either your divorce decree can be amended or a name change order can be issued. Some states allow this without having to refile, including California.
If your divorce is final and a name change order cannot be issued, you may still be able to change names without filing for a legal name change. Divorce decrees are accepted by the SSA, but only accepted with some state DMVs. Start by contacting your state DMV and checking if divorce decrees are accepted as proof of name change. If so, start by filing your name change with the SSA. Once the change is confirmed attend your state DMV in person to get updated photo ID. If the DMV does not accept a divorce order you may have no option but to file for a legal name change. Read more about legal name change here.
Changing names with the SSA after divorce
Start by updating your name with the SSA before any other records. Complete the SSA-5 form 'Application for a Social Security Card'. You need to show proof of your legal name change which can be;
- Divorce decree, or
- Certificate of Naturalization showing the new name, or
- Court order approving the new name
If the document does not provide enough information for you to be identified or if the name change was more than 2 years ago you must provide an identity document in your former name. This should be a US driver on non-driver identification card or a US passport, even if expired.
You must present original identification documents. Although a name change with the SSA can be filed by mail, most people choose to file at an SSA branch as the name change request is processed on the spot and you won’t have a delay waiting for original identification to be sent and returned by mail.
If you are not a US citizen there are a number of additional identification documents required which together must prove identity, immigration status and work authorization. Contact the SSA if you are unsure what these documents would be in your situation.
If you file with the SSA in person, allow 3 working days for the change to be processed. If you file by mail, wait until you receive proof that your name change has taken place. Only then can you attend your state DMV to request updated photo ID. The DMV will pull your record from the SSA and will only allow a name that is an exact match to what is on file with the SSA. Most financial institutions and a range of other companies require updated photo ID together with either your divorce decree or legal name change order.
Want a different name?
Not everyone wants their old name back! If the thought of returning to your former name is not appealing you may apply for a legal name change. It may cause complications if you change names during divorce proceedings, so seek advice from the court where you are getting divorced.
Some states may allow you to file your legal name change petition while divorce proceedings take place, but would typically schedule the hearing after your divorce. A legal name change order allows you to change any or all of your names. Most states charge between $60 and $200, with the average cost being $120. Expect to pay over $200 if you live in AZ, GA, MN, NJ, TX or UT. Too bad if you reside in CA, FL or LA where a change of name ranges from $300 to $500.
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- Using the email account you registered with, contact Complete Case customer service at email or phone. This is essential so that Complete Case can locate your order history.
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