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.

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277 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.

    • If you call Social Security and the wait time is long, I believe a person is given the option to have Social Security call you back when it’s your turn.

  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.

      • Vonda VanTil-have you tried calling SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE? Why not try to see how long you’ll wait & experience what we, your clients & employers, as were are the one paying your salaries & benefits, go through!
        It’s beyond my comprehension why you can’t answer your phones quickly & provide accurate response to queries the way various MAJOR COMPANIES WITH WORLDWIDE OFFICES can.

  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.

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    • 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 🙂

  44. What forms do i need to change my name after a divorce? can i fill out forms and mail this in to get the name change I need to change my name to Donna Votaw from Donna Crabtree

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  46. Hello My Name is Yvette Roberts
    I have paid $38 online to receive a application to due a name change due to marraige and have never received anything, please help

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  48. All I want to do is update my address. You make that simple task simply impossible. I need a new SS card and I need to begin the process of beginning to receive my SS benefits. But… evidently, that won’t happen because you’ve deliberately designed the system to frustrate me to the point of a stroke.

    • Hi, Kevin. We are sorry to hear about your frustration. If you are not yet receiving benefits you don’t need to change your address with us at this time. Keep in mind that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card please visit our Social Security Number and Card page. Keep in mind all submitted documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency and must (unless otherwise indicated) have been issued within the last two years. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Once you’ve submitted all the needed documents, it can take up to 10 business days from the date we received the application to mail a replacement card. You can also schedule an appointment with your local office by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to have one of our representatives assist you. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. We hope this helps.

  49. I am not sure if I ever requested a new ss card when I got married in 1990. I do have my ss card with my maiden name on it. I don’t know if this is considered a replacement card or a lost card Please let me know which procedure to use.

  50. My mom keeps telling everyone that social security cards and being phased out for “new” Medicaid cards. WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT??

  51. I am having a problem with my name. My original birth certificate has my name as Jo Ellen Janson. Ellen was and is my middle name. When I married I added my last name Now my name is Jo Ellen Janson-Wills. Some how SSA has Jo Ellen as my first name which is constantly causing problems. I asked to have my last name changed when I married but the person who entered the new name into the record combined my first and middle as my first name. I would like to have it corrected. I have requested that this be corrected twice before but never received an answer. How can I get this changed. Thanks, Jo

  52. I need to change my name on my card. However, I was married 42 years ago and never had it changed. Can I go to ANY SS office to do this? There is a SS office in the town I work in but I don’t live in the same county. Also, because it’s been so long what documentation would I need if I decide to mail in my request (other than my marriage certificate of course).

  53. I misplaced my SSC at the VA Hospital in Houston, TX.

    I need to replace my SSC card.

    Tried to open an account but was told that an account could not be opened for that card number.

  54. Can I get a new social security card?

    Bruce R. Joyce
    Bruce Rogers Joyce
    *** – ** – ***

    , GA
    31522
    912 634 4759

    • Hi Bruce. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. However, if you must get a replacement card, you may be able to apply online. If you do not qualify to apply online, then you can apply by mail or visit your local office with required documentation. All documents must be either originals or certified copies. To learn more on how to get a replacement card and see if you can apply online, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page.

      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media.

  55. I need a new Medicare card “B” for hospital only coverag. I have not retired yet and I did not get the new card. Thanks.

  56. I have changed my middle name initial since I became US Naturalized citizen. I already went to the SSA office in Panorama City, in April 2018 and notified them of my middle name changed, of which I have also received an updated social security card sent to me. However, I have received my Medicare card this month with the old middle initial/name, not the one when I became a naturalized citizen. How can I update my Medicare card as I’m turning 65 in April? Please advise.

  57. Yes I need to change my address my old address was 904 Russell St Cedartown Ga 30125. Now my new address is 344 West Avenue Apt #405. CEDARTOWN GA 30125 I WOULD SURELY BE GRATEFUL THANK YOU KIMBERLY MOLOCK

  58. Hi I applied for a copy of my SS card and have never received it. It’s been over 2 months ago. Does it take this long?

  59. I just received my Medicare card. I turn 65 this month. They put Pamala R Edwards on my card. My name is Pamala J Edwards. Do I have to go to the social security office to change this , or can I do it on line? Thanks Pam

  60. I have not been able to access my Social Security account. I requested a code to reset my password but after 2 attempts to reset my password, it keeps locking g me out of my account.. HELP please !!

  61. Hi i have tried to register on line, but due to the fact thst i live in Ireland, there is no space to put this country and we donot have a zip code. I wanted to give my address here for further notices or letters. Thamk you
    Martina t. Mulledy

  62. I am getting married and wish to continue using my name for business purposes, credit card, bank account. However I wish to use my husband’s last name for most everythingelse? Do I need to change my Social Security info?

  63. I was inquiring on information for a grown child’ who’s father that has passed away. Are they entitled to collect the $ 255.00 one time payment. The child did not reside with the parent at the time of his passing. If so, what steps are they required to take. Thank you for any an all information on this matter.

  64. i have forgotten my password for my account and have tried to access for the past 4 months. i have entered my address each time and have never received a letter with information to change it . this is ridiculous. you have my email address, home address, my ph num is 813 465 4823. send me a text, send me an email, do something, move into the 21st century, because evidently you can’t lick a stamp.

    • Hi, Patricia. We are sorry to hear about your experience and frustration. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. If you are still unable to access your account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  65. I keep getting messages on my cell phone that my SSN has been frozen due to suspicious activity, is this a scam

    • Hi, Susan. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  66. Thank you for this information, although, it doesn’t answer my below questions. I assume I’m not the only one that would like additional information.
    I recently mailed in a name change form and included the necessary original documents (passport, etc)
    – When will my original documents be returned to me?
    -How long will it take to receive a new social security card?
    – Is there any way I can follow up with the status of the change?

    Thank you

    • Hi Marty. Thanks for using our blog. After you sign in to your my Social Security account, you can update your email address. After inputting your username and password, you will be at the security code screen. If you receive your security code via email only, then indicate that you cannot access the options listed above and need to reset where you receive security codes. We will then send you a letter with a reset code and instructions.

  67. I requested federal income tax withholding last year with the form provided by the Charleston, SC Social Security office. You have NOT withheld any tax. What can I do to get that done?

  68. i am divorced. was married to husband 29 years. now that he has retired will I be able to receive from his social security?

    • Hello Elizabeth. We currently do not have an online appointment scheduler. However you do not need an appointment to file for benefits or appeal a disability decision. You can file for the following benefits online:
      Retirement;
      Medicare; and
      Disability.

      If you do not want to apply for benefits online, or you need to speak to us for any other reason, you can schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment by:
      •Calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; or
      •Contacting your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  69. I was married but didn’t change my name – I was looking for a link that stated I do not need to change anything through SS office Correct?
    You only answer questions for a name change.

    • Hi, Sandra. Thanks for your question and congratulations on your marriage. Changing your name is a personal decision. When you marry, you are free to keep your own name or take your spouse’s name. There is no time limit or requirement for a name change after marriage. However, if you do decide to change your name on your Social Security card, you must complete an application for a corrected Social Security card and 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). We hope this helps.

  70. My SS card has been gone for years, I cannot recall my name when it was issued. Now, I need one. I’ve married three time. Maiden name Melissa Jane Harman, next name was Moneyhun , next was Pittman and now, Tindal. I am a widow, my husband was Joseph Edward Tindal and
    I plan to keep his name. My ss# *** – ** – ***.

    • Hi, Melissa. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  71. I changed my name today to my marriaged lastname but at the office they wouldn’t allow me to change my middle . name to what I wanted at the same time. I was only allowed to shorten my middlename to it’s initial, “E.”
    Can you explain why your middle name can not be changed completely yet your lastname can?

  72. Rachel Elysia Starks Is not her true idenity from her mother Anabelle Inez Trujillio of New Mexico Alberque Rachel E Starks real father has been idtified as Mr.Kennith Elliot of Chino Hills California .The Real Name for Ms.Rachel E Starks will change by Law to Rachel Samatha Elliot. I prefered the truth since i eas kidnapped from Saint Francis Hospital of Lynwood California in 1972.

  73. I Torika Uluiviti,would like a new card for my new name on It. Am not a US citizen I came back to Fiji as a voluntary departure.I have all the documents required.I want to know how will I get them to your office

    • Hi, Torika. 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). Keep in mind you may not need to get a replacement card, knowing your Social Security number is what’s important. Generally, you will have to show us proof of your current immigration status. For assistance outside of the U.S., please contact your local Federal Benefits Unit. We hope this helps.

  74. I need to have taxes taken out of my Social Security check and can never get anyone on the phone. Can I do it on line?

  75. I am a law librarian and have a question from a patron. The name on the issued card does not match the documentation provided to the Social Security office. The documentation was a court order. Do they need to resubmit to correct this error?

  76. hi my name is rubens vieux i lost my social security card a week ago i would like to trade this number please help me

    • Hi, Andrew. You do not have to make an appointment to come in to our offices, but 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 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a representative will assist you. In most cases, you can handle your business by phone. Thanks!

    • Hi, Elizabeth. Generally, appointments are not needed to apply for Social Security cards. 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!

  77. All I have to do is take the middle initial out of my SS card to get my new Real ID card since it is not on my birth certificate.

  78. I have been unable to access my social security account on line. Even though I stopped in to a social security office (Oceanside CA), and was given a temporary password. I was still unable to access my account. Perhaps there is a number for technical support. Don’t tell me to call the same number I have called in the past, it’s a waste of the 45 minute hold time. Thank You.

  79. It would be nice to make an appointment online at the local office without being put on hold for 4 or more hours.

  80. Good morning, I have a question. I was in the social security office to make a name change for a new social security card on yesterday. Is there anything I need to do to change my name for my social security benefits, medicare, additional insurance, and prescription insurance I applied for and my disabilty claim that is pending? I’m not sure if changing my name will take care of everything. I have changed my name on my social security card, deed to my home, driver’s license and bank account. I know I will need new cards from you for my medicare, anthem, and prescription insurance.
    Old with new name is in the name block below. Please set an appointment is needed.

    Thank you

  81. I applied for a social security card for my new born son. Unfortunately, his middle name was misspelled on the card. The only proof of identity and citizenship that he has is his birth certificate. Is that enough?

  82. Today I received two recorded message stating this was from the Social Security office and there was legal enforcement action filed against me for fraudulent activity. It stated if I ignore this call, legal proceedings would commence against me. This call came from Boone, CA and the # is 707-901-7761. Can you please confirm to me if this is really coming from your office?
    Thank you,
    Eric W. Bjorklund,
    Cell # 404-840-1425
    .e

  83. I just got my Medicare card. I’m turning 65 next week. I discovered I misspelled my name when I first signed up for a SS card when I was 16. My name is Michael but I misspelled it with Micheal. My accountant says I should get it fixed asap. What should I do?

  84. Dear Social Security Administration, when I naturalized as a U.S. Citizen there was an error in my date of birth. I did not think at the time that it was important but now that I am close to retirement it is very relevant that I correct my date of birth.
    Can you give advice as to how to accomplish the change?
    Sincerely,
    Ricardo

    • Hi, Ricardo. Thank you for your question. You will need to visit the local Social Security office or the nearest Card Center in your area, complete an application and submit evidence of age and evidence of identity to support the change. We’ll need to see a certified copy of your birth certificate to correct your date of birth on our records. Your valid State ID or Driver’s License or your U.S. passport can be used as proof of identification. We hope this helps.

  85. Hi,

    I am changing my last name to my married name. I have two questions:
    Do I need to make an appointment with the Social Security Office in Freeport?

    How long will it take to get my new social security card if I go in person?

    • Hi, Meghan. Thanks for your question. Generally, appointments are not needed to apply for Social Security cards. To learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card please visit our Social Security Number and Card page. Keep in mind all submitted documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency and must (unless otherwise indicated) have been issued within the last two years. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Once you’ve submitted all the needed documents, it can take up to 10 business days from the date we received the application to mail a replacement card. We hope this helps.

  86. We are moving to a new location on April 4, 2019. My new address will be 4 Boxwood Court E, Homosassa, Florida 34446. Please send me confirmation that my address has been updated.

  87. My daughter was married recently in the Bahamas and has filed her marriage certificate with the County Courthouse in the County where she lives in Idaho.
    Can she use her marriage certificate from the Bahamas to get her name changed on her social security card?

  88. Wrong social security number used to report wages to SSA on W-2 form. How should this be corrected by the employer? How will SSA correct the employees wage record if a wrong SSN was used to report wages for several years?

  89. How can I have federal tax withheld from my monthly Social Security deposit?
    Mary Melroe
    22752 Dunvilla Drive
    Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
    218-863-5567

  90. The day of my birth is not correct on my Social Security
    Statement.
    It is listed as 4-23-1954
    The correct date is 4-27-1954.
    How can I get it corrected.
    Thank You

  91. Changing my name on my card wasn’t enough – I am still getting Social Security mail and forms addressed to my old name. Is there any way to correct this besides driving an hour to the closest office and waiting in line an hour?

  92. Need to change address for Darlene D Madden to
    963 Golden Aspen Place, Ashland, Oregon 97520
    SS# is *** – ** – ***

    Also for Richard H Madden. My spouse
    963 Golden Aspen Place, Ashland, Oregon 97520
    His SS # is *** – ** – ***

    Thank you

    • Hi, Jose. If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you need to tell Social Security so that you can get a corrected card.
      You can show whichever name you would like on your social security card, as long as you have evidence of your legal name change by showing us documentation of your old and new names. We offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local office or visit your local Social Security office. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to determine which documents you may need. Thanks.

  93. I got a call from a 903-246-4485 out of Texas saying I was about to be prosecuted for fraudulent activity on my SSN number and I better call them. Is this a scam?

  94. I am receiving SS benefits, but when I signed up in Florida, September 2018, I got an email account , tried to change how I was notified, using my email address and not my sisters phone number, took many months to get my benefits, but now I can’t get into my online account, as the code I was given has expired, and trying to get a new one is impossible. How can I set up my account?

  95. Medicare told me that they do NOT have the same address you have for me. My address is still the same for the past 40 years 14120 NE 7th Pl #2 Bellevue WA 98007. Please match with my Medicare file. Thank you! Elliott S. Sher

  96. I have not heard any response to my application for change of my name. It has been over two months.

  97. My boyfriend broke up with me and we have been together for five years. My affection for him never died because he was my first boyfriend. While my friend Bimbo knew about my feelings for my boyfriend she searched for a spell caster who could help me get my ex boyfriend back to me without my knowledge. i never knew but one day she introduced me to him and i got to know him and as time goes on i began to feel the rush of my boyfriend’s presence around me and within 3 days, my boyfriend got back together with me. My testimony about how i got my ex back have gone viral in my school and many of my friends have had a contact with this spell caster. i would post his email here for those looking for someone to help E-mail address is marvelspelltemple@gmail. com i hope this helps you.

  98. Hello,
    I am a Canadian citizen who lived and worked in the USA for many years. I have given up my green card recently now that I reside in Canada. I want to begin my Social Security retirement benefits but need to change my name on my SSN first. Can I do that in Canada electronically or do I need to make an appointment with with a US Consulate or go to US and nearest office?
    Thank you for any help on this matter.

  99. I can’t seem to find my card, do you offer something better than just a cheap cardboard copy? The wear out so quickly in a wallet, and they do not stand up well in a washing machine either.

  100. To whom it may concern;I need to make same changes on my social security card my parents didn’t put Jr. on my card how should I handle this?

  101. My social security card has my whole name on it … is there anyway that my whole name can be on my medicare card? I have a first name that consists of two words and by phone SS agent said they will only use one word and middle initial. I’m almost 65 and still struggling with people who call my by part of my first name. It’s not a lengthy name by any means and putting my name on my medicare card just like it is on my social security card should not be impossible.

  102. I have put into search multiple times with NOTHING coming up even close to what my question is!!!! What is the address I send a request for replacement SS CARD form into?????? I have it ready to go but no address searched an searched and COntact found but states NO FORMS to be sent Please Help

  103. Hello,
    I was wondering if my name change will be made public record and will be posted on the internet? I have a stalker who I do not want knowing my new information and am seeking to avoid my new information ending up public record on the internet.

    Any information or advice on this topic would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi there. As a Federal agency, the Privacy Act of 1974 requires us to protect the information we collect from you. We respect your right to privacy and will protect it when you visit our website. We have always treated the privacy of our customers with utmost importance. Check out our Privacy Policy which explains our online information practices. Of course, our policy does not apply to third-party websites or other search engines that may be used prior to accessing Social Security’s site.

  104. Hi, i am a recent victim of equifax/ eqperian data breach & i would like information on how to replace my social security number.

  105. does my drivers licenses or State-issued non-driver’s identification card got to be valid? and can I make a copy of my original birth certificate?

    • Hi Stacie: If you’re asking about proper documentation for a Social Security card, you may be able to apply for your replacement card online. If you do not qualify to apply online, then you can apply by mail or visit your local office with required documentation. All documents must be either originals or certified copies and cannot be expired. To learn more on how to get a replacement card and see if you can apply online, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  106. I went to the DVM today to fill out paperwork for a Real ID compliant driver’s license. Unfortunately, the name on my birth certificate “Melissa Lynn Unger” is not the same as the one on my social security card “Melissa L Unger”….I was told to go to the nearest SS office and have my name changed on my SS card…What do I need to bring in addition to my birth certificate and current driver’s license (which reads Melissa L. Unger)? I can find no other documents with my full birth name on them aside from a variety of diplomas and old college transcripts.

  107. My SS card only shows my initials followed by my last name ( married ). I would like it to show my first name and my middle name. How do I do this?

    • Hi, Martha. 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). You can 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!

  108. After my husband’s death, I went to Social Security office on North Kelley, Oklahoma City, and filed everything related to his death. I was told that I would receive a one time death benefit but it has never come. It took me hours when I went to SSA before and it will be very difficult for me to go again. Will I have to go back in or is there some way internally it could be processed? He passed away January 26, 2019.

    • We are sorry to hear about your loss, Eldeana. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. You can ask to speak to a supervisor on your next visit or call. We hope this is resolved soon.

  109. I got my daughter Social Security card in the mail and her name is spelled wrong (4mo.old).
    She dose not have a photo ID (passport). What do I need to bring with me? I do have her birth certificate that has the right name.

  110. For several years I have been receiving spousal benefit payments. In April 2020 I will turn 70 years old and want to switch to my own personal monthly benefit. I cannot find anywhere a table/matrix which will show me what I can expect to receive. Can you send me a table/matrix that will show me my monthly check for each of the next 12 months in case I decide to take my full benefit sooner. Thanks you.

  111. I m having a hard time logging into my Social Securty. I used it to sign up for Medicare and have not used it since
    HELP

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