TN 8 (02-16)
RM 10212.050 Evidence of Name Change based on a Foreign Marriage or Foreign Same-Sex Marriage
All foreign marriage documents submitted for a name change must be evaluated under the guidelines on reviewing SSN evidence.
Have a foreign marriage document translated, if necessary. To determine who is an authorized translator for SSA purposes, see GN 00301.340.
NOTE: For information or description of a foreign marriage document, refer to GN 00307.000. If GN 00307.000 is silent regarding the country where the name change document was issued, assume the document is acceptable unless RM 10212.050B applies.
A. Acceptable foreign marriage documents
Accept a foreign marriage document that meets the SSN evidence guidelines as evidence of a name change.
B. Acceptable foreign same-sex marriage documents
Accept a foreign marriage document involving a same-sex couple issued by a foreign government that permits same-sex marriages. Consult the chart below to determine the dates when foreign countries or jurisdictions permitted same-sex marriages.
Foreign Country or Jurisdiction
Date Same-Sex Marriages Were Permitted
July 21, 2010
June 1, 2003
May 14, 2013
Canada - Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
July 20, 2005
Canada - British Columbia
July 8, 2003
Canada - Manitoba
September 16, 2004
Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador
December 21, 2004
Canada - New Brunswick
July 4, 2005
Canada - Nova Scotia
September 24, 2004
Canada - Ontario
June 10, 2003
Canada - Saskatchewan
November 5, 2004
Canada - Quebec
March 19, 2004
Canada - Yukon
July 14, 2004
March 13, 2014
May 17, 2013
November 16, 2015
Mexico - State of Nayarit (Civil Registry)
December 23, 2015
April 1, 2001
January 1, 2009
November 30, 2006
July 2, 2005
May 1, 2009
We recognize that other jurisdictions permitting same-sex marriage may exist and that the chart is not intended to be exhaustive. If a foreign same-sex marriage document from a foreign country or jurisdiction is not listed in the chart above, the RO should request a legal opinion from the Regional Chief Counsel on whether the foreign same-sex marriage document is acceptable evidence for a name change. The RCC opinion should provide the date the foreign country or jurisdiction began permitting same-sex marriages for a name change.
GN 00307.000, Foreign Evidence
GN 00210.006 Same-Sex Marriages and Non-Marital Legal Relationships Established in Foreign Jurisdictions
RM 10210.210 General Information on Reviewing and Verifying Evidence for an SSN Card
RM 10212.055, Evidence Required to Process a Name Change on the SSN based on Marriage, Civil Union, or Domestic Partnership