TN 6 (07-13)
RM 10212.005 When to Use the Legal Name for an SSN
A. Policy on using the legal name for an SSN
An applicant must use his or her legal name when filing an SSN application:
for an original SSN and SSN card;
for a replacement SSN card with a name change or name correction; and
to update the Numident record to show the legal name (while suppressing the card).
SSA does not require applicants requesting an SSN replacement card to change the name on the Numident to their legal name if SSA records do not reflect the legal name and the submitted evidence of identity document shows the name on SSA records.