(Closed) Changing last name steps/requirements.

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Here’s what I did-

1. Waited for marriage certificate

2. Went to Social Security office in CA you can’t change your Driver’s License until youre SSN is changed. (takes 24-48 hrs to update). (No Charge)

3. Went to DMV changed name with DMV. ($22 bucks….Yikes)

4. Called credit card companies, Car Loan, and utilities and bank to change my last name, each were different in their requirements…No Charge.

Hope this helps.

Post # 4
3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This will depend on the state. Are you in NJ?

Post # 5
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I followed the same steps as mija22.  But I waited a while between my Social Security change and the DMV because we were moving to a different state.

Some banks only needed my new license and some needed copies of the marriage certificate.

Don’t forget to change the beneficiaries on your insurance policies and your accounts that you aren’t making joint accounts.

Post # 7
8473 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m going to the DMV and Social Security office tomorrow because I get out of work early and I can’t wait! 

I threw the idea around of hyphenating, but I decided I want to completely change to my husband’s name.

I’m excited!  Laughing

Post # 8
986 posts
Busy bee

@Rubbs: That is exciting! Let us know if you run into any complications that we should prepare for… You know, since April is right around the corner… haha

Post # 9
8473 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Miss Otter:  Actually I just found out I can’t do both in the same day.  I have to go to the SS office first, fill out forms, show identification, and I should get my new card in 2 weeks… Then I can go to the DMV… the only problem I’m having with the DMV is that they need proof of residency, but I don’t get bills sent to my apartment because the mailbox is outside, and I don’t trust it.  I still use my mom’s address for bills.  I wonder if they’d accept coupons I get with that address on it… like NY & Co or BB&B?

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