One of the most common traditions in the United States after marriage is the changing of your name. This is most often done by the bride who takes on the last name of her husband, but this can also involve children from a previous relationship also taking the new name, the husband changing his name if he so chooses, or both of them choosing to hyphenate both of their last names and take that as their new family name.

The good news is that this process is relatively simple and straight forward, however there are certain requirements absolutely must be met in order for this name change, and for new Social Security card with the corrected name, to be made. By knowing what you will need ahead of time, you will be able to expedite the process and make it go as smoothly as possible.

Things You Need to do When Changing The Name On Social Security Card

Find Your Local Office

One of the first things you will need to do is locate the nearest Social Security Administration office. You cannot change your name via phone, mail, or online at this point. You will actually have to meet with someone face-to-face in order to get the change done, however you should not be frightened by this prospect at all. This is a common request and the office workers are trained to be professional and are often very polite and kind.

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Once you have located the nearest office, you will want to give a phone call to see if you can just arrive the day of or if you need to arrange an appointment. In order to get a corrected Social Security card you will be required to show a number of documents in order to confirm your identity, as well as your current US citizenship.

Proof Of Legal Name Change

You will need several documents in order to prove your legal name change. Documents that are always accepted include a divorce decree, a marriage certificate, a certificate of naturalization that shows a new name, or any court order that approves your name change.

Bring Plenty Of Identification

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In addition to the documents for a proof of legal name change, you also want to make sure you have current non-expired legal identification. This includes the United States drivers license, a state issued non-driver ID card, or a United States passport. In some cases if a clear identification cannot be made from one of the sources, you may be asked for additional proof of identity. An employee identification card, student ID, or US military ID are all examples of further identification that could be used in support with your main ID.

Don’t Forget To Fill Out The Forms!

Finally, filled out before heading to the office. This can be done by picking up those forms ahead of time, or you can actually print these from the online website and then fill them out so you are ready to turn them in once you visit the local office.

Follow these steps and you will have no problem changing the name on your new Social Security card, a process that is actually free.

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