How the Government Shut Down Affects Your Married Name Change

If you’ve turned on the news or radio, the media is awash with the negative impacts of the U.S. government shutdown. An angle they haven’t covered is how the shutdown affects married name change.

Heads up ladies! If you are in the midst of filing for your new Social Security Card with your new married name on it, the wait will be longer than normal. As this office is without funding, they cannot issue new documents until they re-open and handle the backlog of applications.

I called the Social Security Administration and they advised to wait to mail your SS-5 application for a new Social Security card until funding is re-instated. Until then, you’ll be using your maiden name.

The good news is that you can use to auto-complete all of your name change forms so they’re ready to file as soon as this shutdown nonsense is behind us!

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