What would you like to do?

How do you legally change your last name to your maiden name after many years of divorce?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

I called the Social Security Administration, (800-772-1213) & asked this same question. I was told that I must file a petition with the court. The SSA will not restore your maiden name without court documentation. Information on www.socialsecurity.gov was also useful.

However, there are no US laws that require a woman to take her husband's name nor use a legal process to restore her maiden name if that is not done during the dissolution of the marriage. All that is needed is to fill out the forms from the agency who should be notified (DMV, SSA, etc.) and use your marriage certificate (maiden name) and divorce decree (married name) to show you wish to restore your maiden name.

Or, you can file a simple change of name petition with the probate court in the county in which you reside. Court costs are an average $50-$75 and the hearing takes about 5 minutes.

You can find the list of probate courts in your state as well as blank name change petitions by seeing the links below.
+ 176 others found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

How do you legally change your child's last name?

You will need to get a name change petition and submit it with a filing fee to the county court clerk in your area. You will have to pay a filing fee and the clerk will direct

How do you change back to your maiden name before divorce?

In order to change your name on your Social Security card in Kentucky, you will need your divorce decree or a certified copy and your marriage certificate or a certified copy.

Do you need to change your international Russian passport to go to Russia if it has your maiden name but your green card has your current last name that is of your husband?

Name change in your zagran.passportI had the same situation a year ago - zagranpassport with maiden name and green card with American name. When I was leaving from MOscow to A

How expensive is it to change your name back to your maiden name after a divorce?

It want be very expensive , you have to get it written at the gazzeted officer on a stamp paper , of the change of name, and you must also put it in the newspaper    In

In California how do you change back to your maiden name after a divorce?

  The only requirement to have your maiden name restored is to contact the necessary government agencies (Social Security, DMV, voter registration, etc.) fill out a simple

How can I change my last name after a divorce?

you have to take the divorce papers with your maiden name returned to you by the judge,to that D M V social security office so that they can change it back.And it will cost th

How many last names can you legally have including maiden names and your spouses last names if you get married more than once?

your only able to have one last name, however, if you are a girl, is getting married, and would like to keep your last name, you are able to do that.   unless you are polyg

Is it legal to use your maiden name and your married name?

To prevent any misunderstanding or possibly getting in trouble with legal issues, I would think you need to use only one last name. Another Perspective The answer to this qu