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RM 10212.045 Evidence of Name Change based on a US Domestic Partnership
See the Regional Chief Counsel Precedents, PR 02707.000 Name Change Due Domestic Partnership based on State Law, to determine whether the domestic partnership submitted is evidence of a name change in the State where the US domestic partnership was entered. There may be more then one legal opinion listed for each State listed; therefore, scroll through the entire section when searching.
If there is no legal opinion for a domestic partnership document submitted for a name change, then consult with your regional office (RO). The RO should request a legal opinion from the Regional Chief Counsel on whether the domestic partnership document is acceptable evidence for a name change.
NOTE: When a legal opinion precedent is required to determine whether the document submitted is acceptable for a name change, SSA does not follow common law. SSA follows statutory law in these situations.
GN 01010.815, FOs Initial Request for a Legal Opinion
RM 10212.055, Evidence Required to Process a Name Change on the SSN based on Marriage, Civil Union, or Domestic Partnership