How to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card

Thursday 2 February 2012 - Filed under Info

A Social Security Card is an important identity card for the US citizens. It is blue paper card with your name on it and a special identification number on it called Social Security Number. In the United States, the nine digits that make up your Social Security Number (SSN) are the most important numbers in your life. You are required to apply for your SSN when you start your first job, and it stays with you from then on! Well, you can get a new Social Security Card in certain cases only. As a Social Security Card reflects your identity and is important in many ways, you need to keep it safely. In case, you have legally changed your name due to marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you need to inform to get a new Social Security Card with your new name on it. If it is not done in time, you will have to face different problems. The most obvious one is delay in your tax refund as your wages will not be posted correctly to your Social Security record. This may lower the amount of your future Social Security benefits that you get based on the amount of Social Security taxes you have paid, which, up to a certain maximum amount, is based on your income. Hence, it becomes important to update your Social Security Card with your new name.


If you want to change your name on your Social Security card, you need to follow some rules and regulations.


The beginning of the process starts with the procedure for changing your name. The procedure varies by state, so you need to check with your county court or on the Internet to find out the exact steps you need to follow. Select a name and get it changed in your local court. You need to fill out a petition requesting the change in your local court. This form includes the reason that you want to change your name. The court will then run an ad in the official county organ once a week for the next month to see if anyone has an objection to the request. If there are no objections, the court will pass the order of your name change


Now, check the official website of Social Security Administration and get some idea about the whole procedure to change your name on your Social Security Card. Here at, you can also find the government form SS-5 that can be downloaded. Otherwise you can visit the nearest office of Social Security Administration in your state and get the form from there. This form is used for name changes in the event of a change due to marriage, divorce, adoption or a legal court order. It is also used for name corrections, as well as for those applying for the Social Security Card for the first time.


Secondly, you need to gather proof of your name and citizenship. You need to have the appropriate documents to show the authorities as proof of your legal name change. The list of such documents includes a marriage certificate, divorce decree, certificate of naturalization showing a new name, or court order for a legal name change. Along with these documents you also need to have some identity document in your old name as well as other identifying information or a recent photograph. For those U.S. citizens born outside the United States, they need to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship. If you are not an U.S. citizen, you will have to show your current immigration documents.


Thirdly, follow the directions mentioned on the form for completing and submitting your application, either through the mail, or in person. Make sure that the details provided by you are correct to avoid unnecessary delay in the overall process. It is important to remember that that all documents submitted must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. The Social Security Administration will not accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.


Finally, once your application is reviewed by the authorities, a new card will be issued to you by Social Security Administration. The card will have the same number as your previous card, but will have your new name on it.


Once you get your new Social Security Card, make a list of important documents that needs to be updated with your new name. The most important documents will be your driving license and passport. Other documents that also need to be updated credit cards, bank documents, workplace identity cards, club membership cards, health insurance and so on. You need to apply at different offices for the necessary changes. For instance, for the Driving License, you need to visit the office of Department of Motor Vehicles for this purpose.


Well, changing your name on your Social Security Card is usually not that complicated. It is generally a hassle-free process as long as you known the process properly. So, just follow the rules and it will just take few days to change your name in your Social Security Card.

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