Need to change last name on Social Security card
May 15, 2023
A) If you need to change your last name on your Social Security card, you will have to go through a process with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are the general steps you can follow:
- Gather necessary documents: You will need to provide proof of your identity and proof of your name change. Prepare documents such as your current Social Security card, a valid identification document (e.g., passport, driver’s license), and a document supporting your name change (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order).
- Complete the application: Obtain an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5) either online from the SSA website or by visiting your local SSA office. Fill out the form accurately, providing all the required information.
- Collect supporting documents: Along with the completed application, gather the necessary supporting documents mentioned earlier. Make sure to include the original or certified copies—photocopies or notarized copies will not be accepted.
- Submit your application: You have two options to submit your application and documents: a. In-person: Visit your local Social Security office and submit your application and supporting documents in person. You may need to schedule an appointment in advance. b. Mail: If you prefer to mail your application, send the completed application and original supporting documents to your local Social Security office. It’s recommended to use a trackable mail service to ensure delivery.
- Wait for your new card: The SSA will review your application and documents. If everything is in order, they will process your request. Once approved, you will receive a new Social Security card with your updated last name by mail. This typically takes around 10 business days, but it may vary.
Remember, it’s important to notify other relevant organizations and agencies of your name change, such as your employer, banks, insurance providers, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), to ensure consistency across your records.
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