Question: When employees marry, is it a legal requirement that we wait to change their names in theuntil they present new Social Security cards with the name change, or can we rely on their marriage licenses to make those changes?
Answer: It’s not a matter of legality. The Social Security Administration’s matching routines may be affected, which means that earnings couldn’t be posted to their accounts. The burden on employees to obtain replacement cards is minimal, since cards are issued within five days. (Source: Social Security Administration)