Mar 152011
 

how to change your name, how to change your name after marriage, name change after marriage, changing your name after marriageIf you are planning on changing your name after marriage, it takes a lot more than simply dreamily signing your new name over and over and over again…sigh.  Now that you’ve taken off your tiaras for wedding dress accent, are through finding the cheapest Maggie Sottero prices on gowns, and wondering if Alejandro by Lady GaGa was a good choice as one of your first dance wedding songs, it’s time to get down to the business of becoming Mrs.  There are a few areas you will need to work on to get your name legally changed to the new Mrs. New Name.  Here are the steps you should take for a name change after marriage.

how to change your name, how to change your name after marriage, name change after marriage, changing your name after marriage1.  First, you need to get extra copies of your marriage certificate–but make sure they are certified!  You will use these for places that require certified docs for changing your name after marriage, such as the DMV, the secretary of state, and the social security administration.  And that one mean girl, Clara, in high school who needs this rubbed in her face.

Now, if you happen to be a man marrying another man, no big whoop to me, but most marriage certificates will not have a section or area to change your name.  In this instance, you will have to visit the local courthouse to legally change your name.  You should make sure you know how to change your name so it is legal.  If you have access to an attorney, advice should be taken here.  If not, try Legal Zoom.  I’m not kidding.

2.  Request a new Social Security card or cards reflecting the name change. This is a biggie.  Call the SSA (that’s government speak for the Social Security Administration) at 800-772-1213 for instructions and proper forms.  Wait.  We have this new thing called the “internet” which is a nifty way to get instructions and proper forms instantly.

3.  A new driver’s license is probably the one thing you will be leaping in the air to click your heels over.  It is one of those things that really show you are a new person.  It is something to get excited about…until you realize you have to visit the DMV.  Fear not!  Simply make an appointment and when you do so, request a list of the proper docs to submit.  Don’t forget about your vehicle registration, too.

how to change your name, how to change your name after marriage, name change after marriage, changing your name after marriage4.  Next comes your passport, you international wife of mystery!  There are actually two typical circumstances in which to change your name on your passport:  If you got your passport less than a year or go or more than a year ago.

For more than a year ago, you will have to send in the following:

For less than a year:

Notice what’s missing?  No fee!  All addresses for where to mail your items are listed in the document you need to fill out.  And adding tracking and insuring this package would be a smart “married person” thing to do.

how to change your name, how to change your name after marriage, name change after marriage, changing your name after marriage6.  Contact any businesses or schools where your name is important to know.  You should change everything up at your work, too, unless you plan on keeping your maiden name for business purposes–and NOT for affairs and such.  Got it?  Think insurance companies, health insurance, investment firms or holdings, frequent flier clubs, mortgage and car payment companies.   Some other areas to focus on will be the Post office, utilities, like gas and electric and other house bills.  You will have to re-register to vote, too.  Unless you’re a Democrat. Winka.  I know, it’s overwhelming but it is well worth it.

7.  Finally we get to some fun stuff.  Ordering new checks, mailing labels, business cards, credit cards, and any other items (monogrammed smoking jacket.  You might have one!) you will need to have your new name on.

8.  Lastly, let your close family and friends know about the name change as they will be updating their phones and address books.  Especially Clara.  You might want to double and triple check that she knows you have a new last name from marrying an amazing person.  Send a name change card per month until you run out of stamps.

The main concern is with both the Social Security and your work. This will keep the reporting honest to SS and keep your earnings in line and not out of whack.  Did someone say “audit?”  If you are still unsure how to change your name after marriage, just start with ordering enough CERTIFIED copies of your marriage certificate. 10 to 15 should suffice, but if you’re nervous about not having enough copies, it shouldn’t be too much to order more.  Any extra can be dropped from a helicopter over Clara’s property.

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  2 Responses to “Changing Your Name After Marriage – Yay!”

  1. Thank you didn”t know I had to fill out those forms! Thank you for being so informative to me and everyone else!

    • No problem, Tigressss! I hope your name change is an easy and sssssssssssssssssimple process for you now!

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