How to change your name after marriage
Many women become overwhelmed at the thought of changing their names after marriage. Some even decide to use their maiden names because of the hassles involved with changing it. However if you do decide to change your name, it doesn’t have to be a difficult process.
One of the first places you want to change your name is with the Social Security Administration. In order to get an updated social security card, you have to update your name with Social Security.
Before you visit their office, you will need the following documents:
- Original or certified copy of your marriage license or certificate
- Picture ID, such as a driver's license, state issued ID or passport
- Proof of citizenship – US birth certificate, US passport, US consular report of birth or certificate of naturalization or citizenship
Social Security requires an original or certified copy of these documents. I recommend going to your local Social Security office if there is one near you. Otherwise, you will have to mail the original documents to their office. Your originals will be mailed back to you, but there is always a chance they can get lost in their office or the mail.
When you visit the local office, you'll have to complete an application and show them your supporting documents. Your new card will be mailed to you within 10 days. Your social security number will remain the same; the only change will be to your name.
How to change your first and last name
To change your first and last name, you will need to file a petition for a name change with your local court. You will have to file a petition and include the reason for the name change and certify the change is not for fraudulent or illegal purposes.
Many courts will require you to publish the notice of request with a local newspaper of general circulation in the county or city you live. After your notice is published, others are given the opportunity to object to your name change.
Once the time frame has passed for anyone to contest, the petition is sent to the Judge. If no one has contested your name change, the judge will sign the Order for Name change. There are usually fees involved with every step of this process, from publishing the notice in the newspaper to filing the paperwork with the court.
When you receive your certified copy of your name change, you can use that document to update Social Security, Motor Vehicles or any other agency.
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To change your name on your driver’s license, many state licensing agencies require you to come in person and present supporting documents to change your name. Although every state has their own requirements, be prepared to bring your marriage license or court ordered name change, your current driver’s license, updated social security card and possibly birth certificate.
After you arrive, you will have to fill out an application and pay a fee to change your name. Most licensing agencies will provide your updated license that day. Be prepared to wait for a while for your new license to be printed.
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Most credit card companies will not allow you to change your name online. Many will allow you to call in to make the name change. However be prepared to write or fax your request along with a copy of your updated driver’s license and marriage certificate.
How to change your name on your bank accounts
Link credit card companies, many banks will not allow you to change your name online. You can either visit the local branch, along with your supporting documents or fax your request with a copy of your documents. New ATM or debit cards will normally arrive within 7-10 days. I recommend using your old checks until you run out before order new ones with your current name.
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The steps to change your name on your passport are dependent on how long ago you received your passport.
If you got your passport within the past year, you’ll have to mail in your current passport, application for name change, original or certified copy of your marriage license or legal name change and updated color photo. There is no fee unless you request expedited service.
If your passport is more than a year old, you’ll need to mail in your current passport, application for US passport, renewal fee, original or certified copy of your marriage license or legal name change and updated color photo.
It’s recommended that you send your documents by traceable mail to make sure you’re able to track your documents and ensure they were received.
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When filing for your divorce, notify your attorney if you plan to change your name back to your maiden name. Your attorney will file the necessary paperwork to have your name changed. After you receive your divorce paperwork back, you can use the original or certified copy to notify all the necessary agencies, like you did when you first got married.
Other places to change your name
The below list includes other places you change your name.
Social Media accounts
Car payment company
Landlord or mortgage company
Changing your name doesn’t have to be a hassle or a big deal. Just take your time and do the important changes first and as time goes by or as the need arises, you can update your records with other companies later.