Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

social security card Are you changing your name? If so, let Social Security know so we can update your information, send you a corrected card, and make sure you get the benefits you’ve earned.

To change your name on your card, you must show us documents proving your legal name change and identity. If you are a U.S. citizen, you also must show us a document proving your U.S. citizenship, if it is not already in our records. You must present original documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them. We can’t accept photocopies or notarized copies.

To prove your legal name change, you must show one of the following documents:

  • Marriage document;
  • Divorce decree;
  • Certificate of naturalization showing a new name; or
  • Court order for a name change.

To prove your identity, you must show an unexpired document showing your name, identifying information, and photograph, such as one of the following:

  • U.S. driver’s license;
  • State-issued non-driver’s identification card; or
  • U.S. passport.

If you don’t have one of those documents available, we may be able to accept your:

  • Employer identification card;
  • School identification card;
  • Health insurance card; or
  • U.S. military identification card.

To prove your U.S. citizenship, you must show one of the following documents:

  • U.S. birth certificate;
  • U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
  • U.S. passport (unexpired);
  • Certificate of Naturalization; or
  • Certificate of Citizenship.

Whatever your reason for your name change, Social Security is here to help you with the new… you! Fill out the form online and follow the instructions to ensure your Social Security card is delivered in a timely manner. You can also locate your local field office so you can apply for your updated card and show your required documents in person.

For complete instructions, visit our website, which includes information for non-citizens. And remember, if you simply need to replace a lost Social Security card, but don’t need to change your name, you can — in most states — request your replacement card online using your my Social Security account.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

108 thoughts on “Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

  1. My name is correct on my SS card but I do not understand why the same name does not appear on my Medicare card. I have always gone by my middle name and now it creates issues with my private insurance which uses my middle name and my Medicare card which has my first name and middle initial

  2. With the passing of my husband following 64 years of marriage I have found social security if a rip off for the living spouse. Due to my woring at various ties during our life I was drawing on my Social Security as that was
    how I was adise at the time and my hsband drw on his
    but at his passing I still had to draw on mine and they gave me a percentage of his which has left in a low income. I feel I was given a low percentage as he had worked all his life. He started working at s14 and his life ended at age 88. Also, it is unfair that a person can be married several times (10 years to each person) and at his/her retirement they all get a share while those of us are married to one person all our lives we get a nothing accomplishing a good wholesome life.

  3. Good morning, it’s Wed. 7:48 am, NZ time, Yes I am waiting for such a long time to find real people to help me catch, who took my identity stolen my documents, but I am the “ORIGINAL” person who got married at Miami/Fla. since 1981 and I work at Hiahleah Factory but they closed the factory already and I did not get anything. That’s why I got my US Soc. Sec. Card lifetime number and I never change my name, fighting for my right to find out who is using my name there. My ex-husband pass-away already and I have his “Death Cert. He signed for my Naturalization/and he left me his US DD214 documents and US Passport for my son.But I do not know what happened to my US Passport that was approved and he hide it so that I can not go traveling that’s what I know.But I have old documents about Naturalization. I don’t have copy of my Divorce paper but I am registered this year we find at registration system and I have it here. I also have the “Original Cert. of Eligibility for Housing and I never used it yet.OK please let me know if you can cooperate w/me who are using my identity.Right now me and my two son’s stay in NZ Permanently and we are sponsored by the old man partner of my eldest siter Elena Dulay but He also pass-away. Thank you.

  4. ever since I remarried and changed my name I have had trouble getting into my account. Do I need to go to the local SS office to have my account transferred over to my new name? Your guidance is appreciated

  5. Change of Address:
    Marlene Epps-Curry, 8800 NE 82nd St. #171, Kansas City, MO. 64158; (816)883-8588(DOB) 02/09/1939
    (SS#*** – ** – ***)
    0ld address was: 12200 E. 56th Terrace, Kansas City, MO, 64133

  6. I believe this process to be bias and borderline immigration profiling, I received mail delivered to me by the United States mail service and by Social Security since my employment of 30 plus years documents me as a US citizen….this mail has been delivered to my residence, as I approached retirement age, and demonstrates my employment history!! Any barriers to retirement should be an illegal process, my taxes were taking from me through my employment and with each and every employment. As a Native of the United States it saddens me to even receive documentation GENERALIZED mail due to my surname, last or married.

  7. My name has been Jo Ellen Janson for years, When I married Keith Wills, I changed my name to Jo Ellen Janson Wills.

    My name when I was born it was Jo Ellen Janson in 1954. Jo is my first name, Ellen is my middle name, and Janson is my last name.

    I added my husbands name when I was married to my last name.

    At some time Social Security changed my name. I don’t know who did this, I never authorized anyone to combine my first and middle name as my first name. I need someone to look into who and why this was done. I keep arguing with my doctor to correct my name, but they say that you told them that my name was changed. They thought that you cannot accommodate a 2 letter name.

    Jo is my first name and I am really upset over this. I want my record corrected.

    • Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for complete information on how to correct your name on your Social Security number/card. If you need further assistance and need to speak to one of our agents, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

    • 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. Click here for complete instructions!

  8. I NEED TO CHANGE MY MIDDLE INITIAL ON MY CARD TO GET MY REAL LICENSE MY SS CARD SAYS R. BUT MY MIDDLE NAME IS ANN SO I NEED TO CHANGE MY CARD FROM MIDDLE INITIAL R TO A. HOW LONG WILL THAT TAKE I NEED IT BY 2 WEEKS BECAUSE MY LICENSE EXPIRES ON THE 9TH OF NOVEMBER

    • Hello Beverly. For complete instructions on how to correct your name on your Social Security card, please go to Social Security Number and Card. There is no charge for a Social Security card. This service is free. When ready, you can mail or take your completed application with supporting (original) documents to the nearest Social Security office or Card Center in your area.
      Typically, after we receive your application and verify your documents, you should receive your Social Security card by mail within 10 business days.
      We hope this information helps!

      • What a crock!
        When my father passed away this past July, I tried to help my mother get the widows benefits. I took their original marriage. certificate (77 years old ) the SS OFFICE . The lady simply made a copy and said nothing else was needed.
        Now she has a Medicare card and insurance card with a brand new middle initial M her Social Security card, passport, and birth certificate and CA identification show her correct middle initial as D.
        Someone at SS changed her name without any forms or application.
        Don’t you have a, “oops we screwed up, ” link or department?

  9. After hours and hours in smelly waiting rooms, people coughing on me and ignoring the NO Cell Phone signs, local bums using the rooms to keep warm, miles walked, all documents collected, my name was finally changed. Guess what???? It did not flow through to my medicare account. That still has the old name. My God, this is such a horrible experience and it’s still not over. Every time I call it’s minimum 1 1/2 hour wait.

  10. Hello,
    I recently got married and need to change my last name on my ss card. I would like to mail in the form and the documents instead of going into the office. What exactly do I need to mail if I’m already an American citizen? I need my passport and driver’s license so I don’t want to mail them in. Would copies work?

    Thanks,

    Kayla

  11. I am a very wounded veteran with a problem. I do not have a social security card with the same numbers on it that i served with. The numbers were changed when I got a new card. I need to access my various accounts and I can’t with the card I have. I have brain injury and don’t know the old numbers.

  12. Same problem regarding my name change. Have received two (2) medicare cards with my old name. Please tell me how to correct this. Medicare office tells me that SOCIAL SECURITY needs to update the change. I received my new SS card with my new name, but the medicare cards reflect old name. There is no one else to contact other than going to a SS office, or calling, yes a 1 1/2 waut. Hence online. HELP to correct this PLEASE.

  13. My Social Security Card misspells my name.
    It lists me as Sammuel E Lovato

    My legal birth name is Elmo Samuel Lovato
    ***-**-4242

  14. I have tried to get my name changed 4 or 5 times in the last 28 years and have always had difficulties of one thing or another. The last time SSA sent a letter which said my new card was in the mail but it never arrived. I’ve just been using my original card but my new name. Now, I’ve tried to update my driver’s license and, of course, the social security numbers don’t match. Will this be a huge hassle or a fairly easy fix when I go to the office to try to clear this up?

    • Hi Sheila. We are sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience and we understand your frustration. Our national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), has representatives available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Our phone lines are busiest early in the week and early in the month. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call after Tuesday, later in the day or later in the month. Or, for further assistance, call or visit your local Social Security office.

  15. On most websites, it says that in order to change your name after marriage, we must provide “proof of name change” like a marriage certificate. BUT, No where on the marriage application nor marriage certificate did it ever ask me to change my name. Nor did the Judge who performed my ceremony mention it. There was nothing ever filled out saying “I wish to change my name from ____ to ____.” So what does providing the marriage certificate do? Its signed using our current (at that time) legal name and not the assumed future name. So Is it just assumed that by getting married, that’s proof of a legal name change? Through the act of getting married, having a marriage ceremony, and obtaining a marriage certificate I’ll be able to assume a new name and tell these agencies that “I’ve changed my name”?

  16. i am sick and on oxygen and need to come in to change name since i went to a judge and got my maiden name back but my DL expired in sept.2018 and i can’t afford to get a new drivers license and then have to pay again for another dl after changing name can you use my license that expired with my birth certificate,judge;s order, my debit card i use to get my social security and will i be able to see someone soon or stand in line thank you

    • Hello Barbara. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change.
      To change or correct your name in your Social Security card, you will need to provide us with the court order showing the change of name.
      If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records). It is the identity document (also known as your ID) that we will accept if it has expired, however, we still will need to see proof (legal document) of the name change.
      We offer the option to mail your completed application with the original or certified documents to the nearest Social Security office or Card Center in your area.
      To make an appointment and to make a request for special accommodations, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and ask one of our agents to assist you. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  17. If I already got my passport and DL changed with my new married name, do I have to still bring in my marriage license to get a new card?

  18. my name is Christina Rico. I just got my name given back to me by the court and I have the court papers . I have a valid drivers licence and a valid passport with my married name Rico.. I would like to change my social security name back to Maya.. Please let me know what I need to do.

  19. My social security card was issued to me at age 12 and I used my family nickname “Kathy” instead of my name on my birth certificate, drivers license and Passport – Mary Kathleen.
    Do I fill out the Social Security App and bring my license, passport and brith certificate to get this re-issued?

    • Hi, Mary Kay. You cannot apply for a corrected Social Security card online, when changing your name. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  20. I’m disabled and can’t not get to my Social security office . To change my married name back to my maiden name. So how can do it on line.

  21. My problem is not with the name on my social security card. It is with the name on my Medicare card. My legal name is Imani. That is what appears on my social security card. That is what appears on my Ohio driver’s license. That is the name on ALL of my identification, EXCEPT my Medicare card. The name on that is UNKNOWN IMANI. Medicare blames social security. Social security blames Medicare. Either way, this is not acceptable and I need it changed. You cannot just arbitrarily assign me a first name. My legal name is Imani and ALL of my identification should reflect that. What do I have to do or who do I have to talk to to ensure that this is corrected?

  22. Good afternoon, time now in NZ was 2:52pm Sunday/ Please let me know if you can investigate who found my US Suc Sec. Card and I did not change my name still the same, because I know that is my Lifetime Number when I used to work at Miami/Fla. 1981 up to 1982 If someone found it and change the name pls. have it investigated they are getting all the benefits of it while I am the “ORIGINAL” worker and file that number for my lifetime. Please make it known in news so that everybody must know I loss that number for my lifetime, and can not be change the names and number.Be aware of those who are “FAKING” and long time using My SSEC,CARD. Thank you and Happy New Year to everyone.

  23. My name has NOT CHANGED, however, the State of DE No longer uses a females “Middle Name Initial”, on their Drivers License, but rather to be Federally Compliant the DE Drivers License must use the females “Maiden Name Initial”. So my middle name has NOT CHANGED. My question is, MUST I HAVE MY MIDDLE INITIAL CHANGED on, my SS card & Medicare card?
    I CANNOT SAY MY MIDDLE INITIAL HAS CHANGED, in my life time the Rules have changed, thereby changing what constitutes a females middle initial.

  24. Okay, Kimmel, you’ve had your fun. You have now fooled the
    media multiple times (remember twerking girl on fire), but it’s getting old and irritating
    that every time something crazy happens on YouTube, people assume it’s just you.

    • Hi, Stacey. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail or bring your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  25. I need to change my name to my married name. I have the marriage certificate but to proof my identity can I make a copy of my driver’s license or my passport?

    • Hi, Marisol. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  26. I mailed my documents to my local office over 30 days ago and haven’t heard a thing. Who do I follow up with??? Please advise. Thank you

  27. This is the second time I am changing my last name. I am not getting a divorce, the name is just too long and I prefer to drop it completely and replace it with my middle name. Is this the same process, or will this cost a fee?

    • Hi, Tiffany. You can replace your Social Security card for free. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  28. My lawyer emailed me finalized judgement and divorce decree. How am I supposed to change my name without a true original?

    • Hi, Jilane. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  29. I applied for a new social security card on December 20,2018. And I still haven’t received my new card. Can someone tell me why?

    • Donna, we apologize for the inconvenience. For security reasons, we do not have access to information about your Social Security card application in this venue. Typically, after we receive the application and verify the documents, you can expect to receive the card in the mail within 10 – 14 business days. Unfortunately, if you have not received the card by then, you need to go back into the office where you filed your application. When you go, take the documents you originally presented as evidence.

  30. I am trying to make an appt online to set up day and time to go to the office to complete an SSI office in New Bedford Ma

    • Hi, Kelly. At this time there is not a way to schedule an appointment online. Generally, with an appointment, you will be helped before our walk-in customers. You can schedule an appointment with your local office by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need to call to set up an appointment in the future, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. Thanks!

  31. I’m assuming I can not get the process to change my name done until the shut down is over? This is really a problem. I can’t change my name to what it is legally until I change it with you. Debbie Smith Wilcox

    • Hi, Debbie. A. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is not affected by the lapse in appropriations. All services and offices will remain fully operational. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  32. I am 64 and have had the same ss card since I was a kid.
    On my original and only card there is my “nick middle name”: Rusty instead of my legal middle name of Rustin.

    This was never an issue until I recent applied for a new job. The company was very concerned that my name on my card did not match my legal middle name.

    I’m wanting to have a new card issued to me with my legal name instead of my nick name.

    Please advise,

    • Hi, Eugene. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  33. I would appreciate help in an address change. I can”t seem to find the appropriate website. Thanking you in
    advance for your kind attention to this matter.

  34. On January p,2019 my wife died. The name on her Social Security card Is E. Janell Henderson. My attempt to change this several years ago were not successful. Though she was bed ridden the clerk told me I had to bring her into the office. Now that she has died I have tried to get the name problem changed so the funeral home can finish their work. I provided her birth certificate, a state of Florida Id. card, her social security card, and her Medicare card to the clerk at the Farmington, New Mexico office. Because Florida does not put an expiration date on the card I am told it cannot be used. I don’t have any other ID with an expiration date.

  35. Hi there,

    My wife and i recently got married and we are attempting to change her name by filling out form SS-5. One of the boxes is for the fathers name and SSN but she does not know who her father is or what his name is. His name is not present on her birth certificate so we are wondering how to proceed with that form so that she can change her name.

    Thanks

    • Hello John-Michael. Congratulations to you and your wife on your nuptials. Depending on the information we already have in our system, your wife may need to make corrections to her record. Your wife will need to complete the form Application for a Social Security Card, and provide us with supporting (original) documents.

      Specifically, we will need to see her birth certificate and other document as proof of her identity. We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and shows her name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and, preferably, a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity, Social Security must see your U.S. driver’s license or State-issued non-driver identification card, or your U.S. passport.

      Remember, all documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency.
      When ready, you can take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office or the nearest Social Security Card Center in your area. We hope this helps. Thanks!

  36. How long does it take for computer system to be updated? Do I need to wait extra time before going to the DMV or can all name changes be done in same day?

  37. I need to change my last name on my social security card due to divorce how long after doing this do I need to wait to file my taxes?

  38. I’m trying to enroll in Medicare, but having trouble creating account. It may be that my last married name (I’m now divorced) is on record, but I only have my original SS card, which is my current name. How can I verify which last name is on record?
    Thank you.

  39. I need a new soc. sec. card.
    my card reads: Lise M LaPerle
    RFD#3 West Hill Barre Vt. I married on, October 10Th in 1965.
    My name is now : Lise Marie De Serres
    70 Bridge Street, South Barre VT.

    • Hi, Lise Marie. You cannot apply for a replacement Social Security card online, when changing your name. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records), and another identity document with your new name. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity. Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps!

  40. I was married and got divorced I have not changed my social security card what do I do to get a new social security card. I have been filing my irs taxes with no problem all that is incorrect is my social security card

  41. To change my address at the social security office, all I need to bring is my social security card and senior citizen identification card?

  42. Why do I have to submit a form to Social Security, because someone changed my last name years ago, without my authorization? Social Security shouldn’t have changed my last name without notifying me first. Now someone might have stolen my last name or changed my last nameillegally.

  43. Hello, I was born in Miami, Florida in 1966. However, when I got married in 1994 I changed my last name from maiden to married. I am still happily married but I am also a Spanish citizen (dual citizenship) and I have my maiden name on my Spanish passport, I am going to request adding my maiden name back to my USA passport so that I have both my maiden and married name on it (no hyphenation). Since there is no divorce or legal name change in my case, and my original SS card had my first middle and maiden last name, what documents do I need to bring to my local SS office to request reinstating my maiden name to my SS record so that I can obtain a new card with my first, middle initial, maiden last name and married last name?
    I have my official birth certificate which also has an Apostille from 2011, this birth certificate shows my maiden last name, and I also have my marriage certificate which shows my married last name.
    Any suggestions would be most appreciated – I have already checked the FAQ section you recommend frequently but it does not answer my question. I’d like to be prepared to go to my local SSA office. Thanks in advance 🙂

Leave a Reply - (comment policy)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *