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Change Of Information On Your Social Security Record

An Excerpt from the Social Security Administration Pamphlet: Understanding The Benefits

To change the information on your Social Security number record (i.e., a name or citizenship change, or corrected date of birth) you must provide documents to prove your identity, support the requested change, and establish the reason for the change.

For example, you may provide a birth certificate to show your correct date of birth. A document supporting a name change must be recent and identify you by both your old and new names.

If the name change event occurred over two years ago or if the name change document does not have enough information to prove your identity, you must also provide documents to prove your identity in your prior name and/or in some cases your new legal name.

If you were born outside the U.S. you must provide a document to prove your citizenship or current lawful work-authorization status.

  • You must provide current, unexpired evidence of identity in your legal name. Your legal name will be shown on the Social Security card. Generally, documents issued in the U.S. are preferred.

  • Documents you submit to establish identity must show your legal name and provide biographical information (your date of birth, age, or parents' names) and/or physical information (photograph, or physical description--height, eye and hair color, etc.).

  • If you send a photo identity document but do not appear in person, the document must show your biographical information (e.g., your date of birth, age, or parents' names). Generally, documents without an expiration date should have been issued within the past two years for adults and within the past four years for children.

As proof of your identity, you must provide a:

  1. U.S. driver's license; or

  2. U.S. State-issued non-driver identity card; or

  3. U.S. passport

If you do not have one of the documents above or cannot get a replacement within 10 work days, you may provide other documents that show your legal name and biographical information, such as a U.S. military identity card, Certificate of Naturalization, employee identity card, certified copy of medical record (clinic, doctor or hospital), health insurance card, Medicaid card, or school identity card/record. For young children, medical records (clinic, doctor, or hospital) maintained by the medical provider may be accepted. A final adoption decree, or a school identity card or other school record maintained by the school may be accepted.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may present your current U.S. immigration document(s) and your foreign passport with biographical information or photograph.

A birth certificate, hospital souvenir birth certificate, Social Security card stub or a Social Security Record of evidence of identity cannot be accepted.

Note:  Contact your local Social Security Administration Office for all the latest updates on benefits and filing requirements.

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