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What proof will I need?
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. Some states can issue this while your divorce is in progress, but most will make you wait until your divorce is final. This is the simplest way forward and your name change order will be accepted everywhere.
I didn't request a name change order when divorcing
If your divorce is final and you didn't ask for a name change order then 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 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 if you have additional proof documents, but only some state DMVs allow a divorce decree without a name change order. Start by contacting your state DMV and checking if divorce decrees are accepted. If so, start by filing your name change with the SSA. Once the change is confirmed then attend the DMV in person to get updated photo ID. If your 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'. Show proof of your legal name change which can be;
- Court order approving the new name, or
- Divorce decree listing old and new names, or
- Certificate of Naturalization showing the new name, or
- Divorce decree that does not list both names, but you can show additional documents
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 or documents certified by the issuing authority. It is best to file by mail as the SSA prefers not to receive your primary identification documents by mail. That way the change can be 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. More information is provided on the SSA form, or contact the SSA directly.
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 the 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.
Easy Name Change offers all customers a 100% refund if they are not satisfied with our name change kit. If you purchased an Easy Name Change kit via your online divorce forms provider you can request a refund from your online divorce forms provider within 12 months of purchase. Your refund will only be made into the same account from which you paid (ie; PayPal sales will only be refunded into that same PayPal account). Follow these simple steps.
- Using the email account you registered with, contact your online divorce forms provider. It's essential you use the same email so that your divorce forms provider can locate your order history and confirm you are the account owner.
- Explain your reason for not being satisfied with your Easy Name Change kit. This allows us to improve the service for other customers
If you upgraded to a print & post kit with Easy Name Change, contact Easy Name Change directly for the refund of your upgraded portion. You are welcome to retain your hard copy kit, less a $20 charge for P&H. To receive a full refund please return your kit by mail to the address below. Full refunds are only processed after your kit is received by customer service.
Easy Name Change LLC #3279. 2028 E Ben White Blvd, Suite 240. Austin, TX. 78741-6931.