Lisa Marie
Super June 2012

Name Change Question!

Lisa Marie, on June 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 17
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Hey ladies! I am beginning to gather information on how to go about changing my name and had a question. When I go to the social security office, do I need to bring copies of my birth certificate and marriage certificate or can I bring the originals? I don't know if they keep them or if they give them back. Thanks!

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Latest activity by Stacy, on September 15, 2021 at 5:02 PM
  • M.S.P.D
    Master August 2012
    M.S.P.D ·
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    Good question. I would love to know this as well.

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  • dragonfly726
    Master October 2011
    dragonfly726 ·
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    I'm not sure if it varies by state, but when I went (in MI) they did not keep anything, they just looked at it and verified it and then gave it back

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  • Ashley R.
    Devoted August 2012
    Ashley R. ·
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    From what I've researched you will need a certified copy of your marriage license to bring to the social security office. I think they are one of the few places that will not accept a copy. But don't quote me. Also, I don't think you need to bring your birth certificate just your marriage license because that is the document that wil have your new name on it. I just applied for my marriage license last week!

    Edited to say: I'm from California and it might vary state by state.

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  • Lisa Marie
    Super June 2012
    Lisa Marie ·
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    Thanks girls! I saw that they do require a certified copy or original, but I am just wondering if I needed to get the certified copy or if I can just use my original. I would like to go next week and get it changed, but don't want to wait to get a certified copy if I don't have to.

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  • FMC
    Master June 2012
    FMC ·
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    They didn't keep mine. I just brought my original.

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  • Mrs. Lemmon (Amy H.)
    Master March 2012
    Mrs. Lemmon (Amy H.) ·
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    I dont think you need your birth cert but bring it just in case and you need the certified copy of you Marriage license. your a original is your certified copy well at least in Pa it is

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  • MyLove&HisMrs.
    VIP November 2014
    MyLove&HisMrs. ·
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    When I went with my friend, she needed her marriage license, driver's license and her social security card.

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  • Elisa
    VIP November 2012
    Elisa ·
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    I had to bring our original marriage license, social security card and my drivers license. Did it in Texas.

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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
    Mrs. S™ ·
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    In VA, I had my driver's license, old SS card and the original of the marriage certificate. They didn't keep anything.

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  • CKJL5410
    Master May 2012
    CKJL5410 ·
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    In MA i had my ss card and marriage license.. surprisingly she did not ask for my license. I had a marriage license from TX and she was amazed by how beautiful it was so I think she was distracted lol..

    But they don't keep it, and the RMV didn't ask me for anything except my marriage license. they didn't keep it either.

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  • Mrs. Clark aka Mrs Awesomepants
    Master November 2011
    Mrs. Clark aka Mrs Awesomepants ·
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    Same here as Mrs S. They looked at my DL, old SS card and the official copy of my marriage certificate. They did not keep nor make copies of anything. Once I got the new SS card in the mail, I went to the DMV and changed my DL

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  • J
    Just Said Yes June 2022
    JOSEPH ·
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    It depends on your state but it is always safe to bring originals, but is a good how to guide at http://howtochangeyourname.com

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  • Jessica
    Devoted November 2012
    Jessica ·
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    From the Social Security website -

    How do I change the name on a Social Security card ?

    To change your name on your Social Security card:

    Step 1: Gather documents proving your:

    Legal name change◦

    Marriage

    Divorce◦

    Certificate of Naturalization showing a new name

    Court order name change

    Identity

    U.S. citizenship if you have not established your citizenship with us

    Immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen

    Step 2: Complete an Application for a Social Security card.

    Step 3: Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office or your local Social Security Card Center.

    ***All documents must be either originals or certified copies by the issuing agency.**

    We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt.

    Important Information

    We will mail your card as soon as we have verified your documents. You should receive your card within 10 busines

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  • Melody
    Expert August 2012
    Melody ·
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    Well, when you say "original" what you're talking about is the first official copy issued to you. The actual original is kept in the county clerk and records office and never given out. All you wil ever receive is a copy of that original. You will need an official copy, not one made on a xerox machine.

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  • Lisa Marie
    Super June 2012
    Lisa Marie ·
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    Thanks ladies - I know that I need a certified copy for the SS Card - I just didn't know if they kept it so I needed to go get another copy from city hall before I go, or if I can just use the one I already have and they would give it back to me. Seems like they aren't going to keep it, so I'm just going to use the one I have. Smiley smile

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  • Jackie
    Devoted September 2013
    Jackie ·
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    They are not going to keep the originals but you do have to bring them. I think they are going to laugh at mine! I kept my ex-husbands name since we have a child together, so my license has my madien name for my middle name plus my ex's last name. There is no more room to add another name so I guess I have to finally drop the first marraige name.

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  • S
    Stacy ·
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    Hello, Jackie.

    To modify your social security, the following documents are the ones that you must present at least:

    • Make sure you have a copy of your existing social security card
    • Photocopy your state Photo ID
    • Acquire a certified copy of your birth certificate or current Passport
    • Provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate (you won’t get it back)
    • Fill out form SS-5
    • However, in some states the required documentation varies.
    • Verify the list of all necessary documents required by your state, in the following link: https://www.vitalrecordsonline.com/support/requirements
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