What's the Scoop on Social Security Name Change?
To change your name on your Social Security card you will need to complete the SS-5 form, but be sure not to sign it if you are filing
in person (the clerk needs to witness you). If you choose to mail in your form along with the required
accompanying documents, then you DO need to sign the form. Some states will allow you to take your maiden
name as your middle name, and some do not. It is important to figure out what the name change policy is in your state, because
the Social Security office will allow you to change your missle name even if your state doesn't allow it, resulting
in mismatched personal identification documents and a ton of potential headaches.
*SSA will provide the SS-5 application free of charge and will assist individuals in completing the application.