May 3, 2019

Change Your Name with the Social Security Office

Change Your Name with the Social Security Office

Before you go to the DMV to change your name, you should change your name with the Social Security Office. To change your name on your card, you must show documents proving your legal name change and identity. If you are a U.S. citizen, you also must show a document proving your U.S. Citizenship, if it is not already in the Social Security records.

You must present original documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them.

*They can’t and won’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 nondriver’s identification card; or
  • U.S. passport.

If you don’t have one of those documents available, the SSA 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.

Once you have filled out the paperwork, you can continue the process to change your name in Tennessee.

** Note this information was gathered from the Social Security Government website. Any questions or concerns about the information included in the post should be referred to the Social Security Office in your area.

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