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Ask Rusty – My Social Security Card Is Incorrect – What Should I Do?

May 4, 2021 | Presenting: Russell Gloor - AMAC Foundation Social Security Advisor

Dear Rusty: My sister and I have the same first and last names but are distinguished by our “middle” names. Our last name consists of two family names, which gives us both four, with only our middle names unique. We received two Social Security cards with the same name (middle name excluded), each with a unique number, but with our last name misspelled. So, my questions are:

  • Which card is mine, and which is my sisters?
  • Is it okay that our last name is misspelled?

I called Social Security and was told to make an appointment online, which I tried but could not because it wouldn’t accept my last name. I don’t know what to do now and hope you can advise me. Signed: Confused Sister

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