So, you’ve just gotten married (congratulations by the way!) and you’ve decided that you want to go through with the process of changing your last name. Let’s face it, there is a lot that has to be done in order to change your last name entirely! If you’re like many and have no idea where to begin, below is a name change checklist that could come in handy when figuring it all out.
Before we get started, don’t forget– when booking your honeymoon make sure to use your maiden name, as you won’t have the documents needed to travel (if you do travel) in time!
Before the Wedding:
Speak to your employer or your head of HR so they can begin to make the necessary changes so that when you return from your wedding, they will be ready. They might need to change your work e-mail or your business cards, that as well gives them time to gather the necessary paperwork for when you return.
After the Wedding:
- Social Security- After you have obtained your completed marriage certificate, you will need to get a brand new social security card, so take your marriage certificate with you, as well as your current forms of identification to the Social Security Office and get that sorted.
- Motor Vehicles Agency- After you’ve done the changes for your social security card, the next step is filling out a name of change in order to change your name on our ID card, driver’s license, and car registration.
- U.S. Passport- The last U.S. Government Agency that you have to worry about is obtaining a passport with the correct name. If your passport was issued within the last year you’ll need to fill out a DS-5504 form, but if your passport was issued any time after that the you’ll need to fill out a DS-82 form. If you have any questions about U.S. passport changes, click here to read more about it.
Now that we’ve covered the important government agencies, below are a few other places that you might want to follow up with.
- Utility companies
- Post Office
- Medical Organizations (such as medical insurance, dental insurance, vision, OB-GYN, you know the basics)
- Voter Registration
- School Records
- Financial Institutions (checking/savings accounts, credit cards, insurance policies, etc.)
- Auto Insurance
- Social Media
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