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Recently divorced. What information to I need to get a new social security card?
June 11, 2015
Q) What information to I need to get a new social security card? I am recently divorced and would like to use my maiden name. I plan to bring the following:
Current Social Security Card Current Louisiana Drivers License
Divorce Degree Voter Registration Card
Current Utility Bills Home Act of Sale
A) To get a new Social Security card after a divorce, you will need to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with certain documents to prove your identity, citizenship or immigration status, and name change. The documents you will need to provide include:
Proof of identity: You will need to provide an original or certified copy of a document that proves your identity, such as a U.S. driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or U.S. passport.
Proof of citizenship or immigration status: You will need to provide an original or certified copy of a document that proves your U.S. citizenship or immigration status, such as a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, or Permanent Resident Card.
Proof of name change: You will need to provide an original or certified copy of a document that shows your name change due to the divorce, such as a divorce decree, court order, or marriage certificate that shows your previous name and your new name.
Once you have gathered the required documents, you can apply for a new Social Security card in person at your local SSA office or by mail. You will need to fill out an application for a Social Security card, provide the required documents, and submit your application to the SSA.
It’s important to note that the process for obtaining a new Social Security card can take some time, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible after your divorce. Also, keep in mind that there may be other documents or information you need to provide depending on your specific situation, so it’s always a good idea to check with the SSA for any additional requirements.
According to Social Security Administration: If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you must tell Social Security so you can get a corrected card. You cannot apply for a card online. There is no charge for a Social Security card. This service is free.
To get a corrected Social Security card, you will need to:
Show the required documents. You will need proof of your identity. Sometimes you also may need to prove your current U.S. citizenship or lawful noncitizen status. See Learn What Documents You Need for more information. Under the heading, “Type of Card,” select “Corrected” for a list of the documents you need;
Fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card; and
Take or mail your application and documents to your local Social Security office.
For complete instructions, please go to Social Security Number and Card. https://faq.ssa.gov/ics/support/kbanswer.asp?deptID=34019&task=knowledge&questionID=3749