(Closed) Changing your name – Process?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It depends on the state where you live which is first.  Either you go to the SSA or DMV.  In Colorado, I went to the SSA first.  Then once you have the new card, you can change your name with the DMV.  Then you have your new license to change all your bank accounts and other accounts.

Post # 4
Member
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m in the process of changing my name as we speak.  The first step is get more then one copy of your Marriage License.  That way you can send originals if asked.  Second get a copy of your Birth Certificate.  You can at least get that now.  Then go to the Social Security Office.  Be prepared to wait in long lines.  They will give you a receipt and my card arrived within 1 week.  Then go get the Driver’s License. You’ll need the marriage license and SSN card and Birthcert for this.  After that comes in then slowly start changing everything else.  I called credit card company of one of my credit cards and changed that via the phone. I’m leaving one credit card in my maiden name until I get a little further along with everything.  I’m also holding off on my Passport because I have a trip next month and if I don’t get my Driver’s License back in time at least I’ll have the Passport.  You can get your paperwork online for the Passport.  It will tell you what docs to have/send in.

My mortage and taxes on the house will be my last step.  I’ve started changing over the utlities too. Some are easy change them online, others I had to go in person to change.  All wanted copies of Driver’s License and Marriage License.  I have a temporary Driver’s ID right now and that has worked so far.

I’m also working on changing my information with Southwest Airlines.  They take 3 weeks to process once they get your paperwork in the mail. Hence why I’m waiting on changing the passport. That way I at least will have some from of ID with maiden name still.

Post # 5
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

By The Way, I only had one copy of the marriage license.  I will have to send it in when I get a new passport but they will return it.  I wasn’t able to change my information for my mortgage because I would have to change my name on the title and I didn’t want to pay a fee for that.  I’m cheap!

Post # 8
Member
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh forgot, car and home insurance.  I emailed my agent and she took care of changing them both for me at one time.  I haven’t done bank accounts yet because we plan to merge both accounts at one time.  I have one vendor from the wedding left to pay and after we get that done then we’ll merge.  As for the 401K and such I haven’t even contacted them to find out what to do.  I’ll probably do them after I get the utlities taken care of.

Post # 9
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The officiant should be the one to send in the marriage license and then it would be sent back to you.  I doubt you are going to need to send anyone an official copy of your birth certificate.  The only person I showed that to was the DMV and they didn’t even really need it.

I don’t see any problem with keeping your maiden name on things.  You will still have your birth certificate and marriage license to show to people later if they for some reason don’t believe that you are the same person who changed your name.

Post # 10
Member
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

In NC the first step is to get a new SS card.  You basically can’t do much without it.  Then a new drivers license.  Also, get multiple copies of your marriage certificate.  Several places wouldn’t let me do anything without that.

Here’s the order I went in:

SS Card
Major Credit Cards (while I was waiting on my new card)
Renters Insurance
Work email
Work – everything else (my job changes all our insurance/401k for us thank God!)
Bank accounts
Minor credit cards
Utilities (they’re all in my name)
Drivers License (had to wait on my SS card to come in the mail)
Car Title

Post # 11
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Each state is different. Here in PA, you must get the new SSN first. I did that after returning from the honeymoon. Then I went to the DMV with a temporary SSN paper with the new name that they gave me so I didn’t have to wait for the new card in the mail.

Then I went straight to my bank, then changed health ins., life ins and new W4 at work. Then i just picked up the phone and called everyone else. They all asked (if needed) for me to just fax my marriage cert. That’s it. I was done in three days or so. Only reason I need to mail it in will be for the passport (only thing I haven’t done yet).

 

Post # 12
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

And I’m still using checks with my maiden name on them and no one has shot me.  I didn’t want to waste them.

Post # 13
Member
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ella1978- I am guessing that you live in Cuyahoga county like me because of your signature. Anyways, if you do, google the cuyahoga country probate court website, there is information on there. http://probate.cuyahogacounty.us/faq/faq_marriage.htm

Basically, you have to obtain your marriage license before the wedding and it must be signed by your officiant/priest etc within 60 days. The officiant will mail the signed license back to the county and then the county will send you your marriage certificate. Once you have your marriage certificate you should go to social security to have your name changed, then the DMV and so forth. Good luck!

Post # 14
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@MissAsB That’s another thing I decided not to change-checks! So you haven’t had any problems? I use checks so rarely, since I do everything online and with debit/credit cards…I thought it would be silly to get new checks. Glad to hear you haven’t had trouble!

Post # 15
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1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

and just for laughs here are the official (and may I say antiquated-syphilis?!) legal requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Cuyahoga county Ohio:

Who Won’t A Marriage License Be Issued To?
Persons nearer of kin than second cousins (O.R.C. 3101.01), or when either of the applicants is under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or controlled substance or is infected with syphilis in a form that is communicable or likely to become communicable (O.R.C. 3101.06).

Post # 16
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Jenn23: No problems at all with the checks!  I barely use them myself either (need them every month for rent though).  Actually the only place I had a problem at all was when I went to Costco and my credit card was in my maiden name and I had to dig out my old license to pay!

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