Name Change

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Question: When I got my divorce I did not indicate that I would be taking back my maiden name. Shortly after, I just started using it. Thirty-two years later I am experiencing a problem with Social Security. I will be 62 next year and need to legally change my name so I will be able to collect my monthly Social Security. I was divorced in California but now reside in Arizona. My question is, will I need a Certified or Exemplified copy of my Divorce Decree? Or no copy at all?

Answer: You may want to take a look at the Name Change article on legally for information on changing your name. This article outlines the procedures and resources available to help individuals legally change their names without consulting an attorney. Generally, if a name change is requested as part of a divorce, a certified copy of the Decree will be needed. You will be able to change your name on your driver’s license, social security card and bank account with this certified copy.

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  • When I got my divorce I did not indicate that I would be taking back my maiden name. Shortly after, I just started using it. Thirty-two years later I am experiencing a problem with Social Security. I will be 62 next year and need to legally change my name so I will be able to collect my monthly Social Security. I was divorced in California but now reside in Arizona. My question is, will I need a Certified or Exemplified copy of my Divorce Decree? Or no copy at all?

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