Copies of marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court-ordered name changes, adoption papers and proof of citizenship must usually be presented to the Social Security Administration official in order to validate an individual’s identity.
It is essential that original copies of the documents are presented to officials as well, as copies are not acceptable.
Obtain a certified copy of your new birth certificate, a document identifying the reason for your name change and a document that establishes your identity, such as a valid driver’s license, state-issued identification card or U. Preferably, your new birth certificate will show your old name and new name and establish why you changed your name.
If your new birth certificate does not have all of this information, you should obtain a certified court order confirming your change of name.
Social Security Office The most traditional and common way to change the name on a Social Security card is to visit a local Social Security office and fill out the application for a new Social Security card.
Among the reasons to need a social security card name change are a marriage, divorce or legal name change (i.e., a judge has officially approved a new name).
Determining how to change your name on your social security card isn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds.
There is no fee to update your Social Security card.
The SSA may assign a new Social Security number to you if you are being harassed, abused, or are in grave danger when using the original number, or if you can prove that someone has stolen your number and is using it.