The name you file your taxes under needs to match the name on your Social Security card. If they don’t match, it makes it harder for IRS to process your tax return. Also, Social Security may not be able to correctly post your wages to your earnings record.
This often happens when a woman gets married and doesn’t change her name on her Social Security card. People make other name changes because of divorce, adoption or a court name change. Any legal name change needs to be reported to Social Security in a timely manner. The change can be made by visiting a Social Security office with the necessary documents to update the record.
You will need to prove your identity. Bring your marriage certificate. If you need to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us proof of your legal name change. Documents Social Security may accept to prove a legal name change include:
•Certificate of Naturalization showing the new name; or
•Court order approving the name change.
If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records or if you changed your name more than two years ago (four years ago if you are under 18 years of age), you must show us an identity document in your prior name (as shown in our records). We will accept an identity document in your old name that has expired.
If you do not have an identity document in your prior name, we may accept an unexpired identity document in your new name, as long as we can properly establish your identity in our records.
We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity Social Security must see your:
•U.S. driver’s license;
•State-issued non-driver identification card; or
If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within 10 days, we will ask to see other documents. Any documents submitted, including the following, must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph:
•Employee identification card;
•School identification card;
•Health insurance card (not a Medicare card); or
•U.S. military identification card.
Your new card will have the same number as your previous card, but will show your new name. We will mail your card as soon as we have all of your information and have verified your documents.
If you have questions about the documents you need to bring, call 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (anywhere in the U.S.)