Congratulations are in order, you are getting married! During this busy time in your life, you have a laundry list of things that you will need to do to ensure your perfect day occurs without any problems. With all the activities and tasks that you need to plan, it may be easy to overlook one or two. One of the most of these tasks is changing your name on your social security card.
What Is A Social Security Number?
The Social Security system was created as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1935. The Social Security Act was designed to provide American citizens with a retirement fund. The system was also designed for those who need to receive disability payments, or are beneficiaries of those who have paid into the system.
Your Social Security number uses the history of your earnings in order to calculate your benefits. This means that the amount of money that you earned over a period of 35 years will be the determining factors to calculate your benefits. This also means that if you fail to report your name change after you get married to your employer and to the Social Security Administration, any W-2 you receive after you get married may not be recorded properly, and this means that your Social Security benefits may be affected as well.
Unfortunately, many people are not even aware that there is a problem until they retire, and discover that their benefits are a lot lower than what they expected them to be. This means that it can take months, or even years, to straighten everything out and get the benefits back on track if they were filed under the wrong name.
How To Apply For A Social Security Card After A Name Change
Although the Social Security Administration offers many services that can be completed online, but changing your name cannot be done online. You will need to visit your local office to complete the process, or you will need to mail in your application with the supporting documents.
To get a social security card name change application with your new name, you will need to be able to provide the agency documents that can prove your identity. The agency will also want to have legal documentation as to why the name change is being requested. The new card will have the same number as your old card. You will not have to prove citizenship, unless your legal status has never been established. To establish citizenship, you will need to provide to show proof of being a United Citizen by either providing a birth certificate or a passport.
Identification documents that the Social Security Administration will accept include:
• State issued Driver’s license
• U.S. passport
• Non-driver ID card
Keep in mind that the agency requires original documents. That means photocopies and notarized copies are not accepted. To prove the name change is legal, the agency will want to see proof. You can provide them with your marriage certificate. Getting married is a major milestone. Ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to by making sure you change your name with the Social Security Administration.