Mail or bring the application and evidence in person to your local
Social Security office.
To change your name on your social security card,
Social Security office need one or more documents identifying you by
both your OLD NAME that is on Social Security office's records and your
Examples of legal documents which might show both your old name and new
name include your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or a court order
changing your name. Or Social Security office can accept two identity
documents – one in your old name and one in your new name. The legal
document identifying you by your new name must be of recent issuance so
that Social Security office can determine your continued existence.
Generally, Social Security office prefer to see a document with a
photograph. However, Social Security office can generally accept a
non-photo identity document if it has enough information to identify you
(e.g., your name as well as your age, date of birth, or parents’ names).
If you were born outside of the U.S, Social Security office also need
proof of your U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status. Some legal
documents that Social Security office can accept as proof of identity are:
* Driver's license;
* Marriage or divorce record;
* Military records;
* Employer ID card;
* Adoption record;
* Life insurance policy;
* Health Insurance card (not a Medicare card);
* School ID card;
All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the
issuing agency. Social Security office cannot accept photocopies of
documents. Social Security office need original legal documents or
copies certified by the custodian of the record. Notarized copies are
also not acceptable.