Updating Your Social Security Information

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You will need to update your information with Social Security before you can update your ID, learner’s permit, or driver’s license. We suggest you do this right away after getting your name changed by the court. You can do it in person or by mail.
You will need the following documents: (1) a completed Form SS-5, (2) certified copy of your name change decree from the court, (3) something that shows your identity (like a driver’s license or passport) – even if it still has your old name on it; (4) something that shows your citizenship (like birth certificate or a passport) – even if still has your old name on it.
The link to Social Security’s instructions about getting a new card is here (note that Social Security considers anyone over the age of 12 to be an “adult”):

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ss5doc/ss5doctext.htm#o-us-adult

The link to Form SS-5 is here:

http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf

 Changing your gender marker with Social Security
Your Social Security card doesn’t have your gender on it, but you should still change your gender with Social Security if you plan to change it other places. You do not need to have gotten a legal gender change to change your gender with Social Security. You can update your information in person or by mail.
You will need the following documents: (1) a completed Form SS-5, (2) a letter from a physician saying you are receiving clinical treatment (like hormones) OR a gender change decree from the court; (3) something that shows your identity (like a driver’s license or passport); (4) something that shows your citizenship (like birth certificate or a passport).
If your identity or citizenship documents do not have the same name (if you got your name legally changed, but did not update all of your documents) you might want to bring a copy of your name change decree as well.
Instructions for changing your gender with Social Security are here:

https://faq.ssa.gov/ics/support/KBAnswer.asp?questionID=2856&hitOffset=76+64+27+15+13+6+4&docID=3382

The link to Form SS-5 is here:

http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf

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