Social Security Card Name Change
Recently married, divorced or have a desire to have a new name? Then you will want to update your Social Security Card to your correct name. By law your name must be correct on your Social Security Card. You can do this by simply contacting your local SSA office or mailing in the required documents.
- There are a few simple steps to processing your Social Security Card Name change below:
- Show the required documents to prove your identity. You may need to also prove you are a U.S. citizen or have lawful noncitizen status as well.
- Check with the SSA to see what documents you need. The list can be found here: Required Documents
- Fill out a completed SS-5 form and ensure you print and sign the document.
- Take or mail your application to your local Social Security Office to complete the social security card name change process
For further instructions, please visit the Social Security Administration website.
Note: After you change your name on your social security card you may want to update your records with the following:
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Voter Registration Card
- Your United States Passport
- United States Post Office
- Banks and Credit Cards
- Professional Licenses such as Real Estate Licenses
It’s also recommend you hold on to your old identification. It may be necessary to provide showing what your name use to be. Failure to update the Social Security Administration of your name change could be costly by affecting your tax refunds; miscalculate your wages added to your Social Security account, which could also reduce your Social Security benefits in the future.
Your Number Will Not Change With A Social Security Name Change
Once you receive your new Social Security Card in the mail, it will have your updated name and your existing number. Your social security number given to you at birth will remain the same.
How To Protect You Social Security Number
It is recommended that you do not carry your Social Security Card with you unless absolutely necessary. Social Security Cards are often compromised and can lead to identity theft. If you are a victim of identity theft make sure to contact the SSA right away.
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