heidi
VIP October 2014

When does your name officially change?

heidi, on November 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM Posted in Planning 0 14
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I'm going through the name change process. I visited the social security office yesterday and gave them the form for my new card. They told me all was good and I should have my new card within two weeks. When I got home, hubby asked how I felt now that my name was officially changed, which left me a little confused.

Does you name officially change when you go into that office? I would think the process would take a little longer than a couple computer clicks... like they still have stuff to do after you leave to get it through the system. Though maybe it's less complicated than I think. I figured the day I got my card would be the day I officially knew my name had changed.

I'm a little concerned because I'm applying for a job and I don't know if I should use my married or maiden name. I'm worried if my married name isn't completely in the system and they do a background check, then that might cause issues, which will just look bad. Anyone know how this process actually works?

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  • Heather A
    Master September 2014
    Heather A ·
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    I dont know how it is going to work with the job and everything like that....but I also agree with your husband that it is when you fill out the forms. The name is changed in the SS system, just because you havent received your new card doesnt mean it hasnt taken effect. Though it only takes a few days to get your new card in the mail anyway.

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  • AndixLyn
    Master June 2015
    AndixLyn ·
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    Technically when Social Security completes it. they are "the government" and dictate that you are now Mrs XYZ. everything else is just formality to match.

    just let the job know your new name is XYZ and it was just completed with SS so it may not appear everywhere yet. but they'll tell you if they do a background check.

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  • Shelby H.
    VIP October 2014
    Shelby H. ·
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    While applying for the job, use whichever name you feel comfortable. They don't actually run any information until you've received an offer.

    When you actually accept the offer, your I-9 will be cross checked with the info with SS. So you'll need to give them your married name.

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  • Summyya
    Super May 2015
    Summyya ·
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    It takes effect the day you fill out the form. I would just put your maiden name in parenthesis, or if the application says have you ever been known as another name put your maiden name.

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  • AthenaKay
    Master June 2015
    AthenaKay ·
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    I'm not sure how long it would take, but when applying for a job the app usually asks for any previous names (such as maiden name) for background search purposes. So you should be safe there.

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  • heidi
    VIP October 2014
    heidi ·
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    The application doesn't give me a place to leave my maiden name. I'm wondering if I should use my maiden name anyway, since I've worked in that department before and that's the name they know me by? And then let them know my name has changed when I go in for the interview?

    Or is there a way to indicate my maiden name on my resume?

    EDIT: If I'd submitted the application a couple days ago, it would have gone in under my maiden name since I didn't know for sure I'd be getting to SS office this week.

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  • KaylaP
    VIP September 2014
    KaylaP ·
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    I'd apply with your married name. When they enter the stuff into their computer at the ss office, it's official.

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  • Shelby H.
    VIP October 2014
    Shelby H. ·
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    You can put your maiden name in parenthesis on your resume. If you think them recognizing you would help you get the position, use your maiden name and then inform them of your new name when you're face-to-face with them.

    I have a colleague who's married name is very hard to pronounce and for awhile would put her maiden name (Clarke) on resumes and applications and then tell them her married name when she got there.

    It won't come up until they request to run a background check or run your I-9.

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  • M
    Master May 2014
    MizizAngi ·
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    You also need to go to the DMV and get a new license, BTW.

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  • .
    Master October 2013
    .... ·
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    Your name is changed.

    A background check will be run against your SSN which hasn't changed. Just let the job know that a different name may show up (if you do a form for this, it may ask if you've gone by any other names in the past)

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  • kahlcara
    Master August 2013
    kahlcara ·
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    I applied for jobs in the middle of changing my name and I just put my name on my resume as First MarriedLast (Maiden). I'll probably keep it that way for a while because all my past jobs were under my maiden name.

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  • JC
    Devoted June 2014
    JC ·
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    Job, use your married name.

    You can always tell them "if you call my references they will know me as Jane smith. I just recently got married so now I'm Jane Jones."

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  • Mrs. Coon
    Devoted March 2015
    Mrs. Coon ·
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    What Stephanie said. Most companies require a background by SSN not just by name since there can be so many. Unless your SSN has changed you should be fine! Good luck with the job search!

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  • Ariella
    Super February 2016
    Ariella ·
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    Just let the job know about your situation and they will likely run a background under both names.

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