Recently change your name?
Is your name the same on your W-2 form as on your Social Security number (SSN) card?
If you need to update your name on your Social Security card, remember that doing so is free. Social Security does not charge a fee for Social Security number actions whether name change, replacement of a lost card or issuing an original number.
See the Numbers & Cards section at www.socialsecurity.gov for needed evidence and a downloadable application. The direct link is www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. An easy to use decision tree provides instructions.
To protect your personal information and avoid identity theft, you cannot electronically submit the Social Security number application. While a few areas of the country have centralized sites to process SSN card actions, in North Dakota completed applications, with evidence, can be brought or mailed to a local office. Locations for other areas are part of the decision tree instructions in the Numbers & Cards section.
To speed your request, be sure to read instructions and have needed information available. Local offices routinely see people who do not have what they need. Unfortunately, they must be sent away wasting their time and ours.
It is important that any document submitted as evidence must be an original or a copy certified by the issuing agency. Photocopies you made yourself or that you had notarized cannot be used. State agency addresses if you need a certified copy of a document showing a birth, marriage or divorce within the United States are linked from the website. All documents are returned to you.
SSN cards are mailed from a central location when processing is complete. Allow approximately two weeks to receive your corrected or replacement card.
The name on your card should be the same as reported by your employer so that your wages are correctly shown on your work record. Have your employer correct your payroll record after your SSN card is updated. Employers can verify the SSN of employees and transmit W-2 data with the free SSA Business Services Online at www.socialsecurity.gov/thirdparty/business.html.
Warning: Be careful when searching the Internet for Social Security information. Avoid private for-profit websites that charge for services provided free by Social Security, including name changes to your SSN card. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov or www.ssa.gov for accurate information and free services.