Has anyone used a name change service?

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i did some research on sites and packages that offer name changing services and from what I found, it was a waste of money. They simply give you all the paperwork you need which you can get by googling changing my name or something related. I started at the Social Security office and then went to the DMV and then called all my credit card comps and banks. It was easy for me and I saved the $30+ those places charge.

 

I hope that helps!

Post # 4
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3981 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The only thing I ever had to pay for when changing my name was the $10 it costs to get a new license. I personally don’t think they are worth it. But, I have heard of people using them and liking it. I guess I am just more of a “do it myself” kind of person… that being said, I got married almost 7 months ago and the Social Security Office has yet to see my shining face! That is the last place I have on my list and I have yet to go… its a freaking hour away darn it!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had purchased a coupon somewhere and paid, I can’t remember, but probably around $20 or $25 for msnowmrs and really, they just gave you the paperwork to fill out ahead of time.   What I liked is that it confirmed for me what I needed to change.  Going to the social security office was interesting – lots of characters there, but I still have not changed my license or my credit cards.  I’m so lazy about that and there are no forms for these.  You just have to notify each one.  I’ve got to get on that and get to the DMV within the next month as my license is about to expire anyway. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, and one thing I forgot to note was that changing my name at work was such a pain.  My email address is changed, but the display name still shows my maiden name and I work for a large corproration so trying to get tech support to change it has been impossible.  It has created so much confusion that I am just switching back to my maiden name for work purposes.  It’s just easier that way for me. 

Post # 9
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204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What I liked about MissnowMrs.com was that it autofills the forms with all the basic info so you don’t have to keep retyping your name, address, etc., and it collects the forms into one place so that you don’t have to search through a million websites.  Also, there were some forms I hadn’t thought of, like changing your name/address with the IRS, etc.  I found it saved some time and for me, that was worth it, even though it still requires a lot of action on your own, which is probably why I’m still only half way through the whole process.  🙂 

Post # 10
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t do it.  Honestly, didn’t want to spend for something that really isn’t that hard to do.  Social security and DMV were the most annoying, and for the majority of my bank accounts or credit cards, I had to send them a copy of my new license, no paperwork really needed.

PS – You don’t need to notify the IRS seperately, they know when SSA knows.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I didn’t but wish I had. A friend did and she got everything done way more quickly than I did – if you have a ton of time, its probably a waste, but if you don’t it seems like a good idea to me 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

People who have changed their name, do you just go to SS first, with your marriage cert? Also, if I’m changing my whole name, ie, my name now is Jane Deer Smith, and I’m marrying John Doe, my married name is going to be, Jane Deer (middle) Smith (last) Doe. How much explaining am I going to have to do? And Do i put my new name on my marriage cert?

Post # 13
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@gogogiraffes:  This all depends on where you live.  Where I got married in Colorado, I put my maiden name on the license and went to SS after I got my license back.  They asked what I wanted my name to be.  I have heard some bees say that they weren’t allowed to have two middle names, seems to depend on the office they go to.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2015

<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>I used HitchSwitch, and it was absolutely not worth it, at least in NY. I paid $60 and filled out a brief online form, and they sent me the required forms and “addressed” envelopes (which were not even addressed correctly). The forms were only partially filled out, and I still had to do 90% of the work. As someone commented above, if you do some online research, you can figure it out pretty easily. For those of you in New York, I’ve written out this handy guide based on what I did:</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>How To Change Your Name in NY (After Marriage)</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Note that although many of these offer a mail-in option, it takes much longer and it’s not guaranteed to go through properly. Approximate time estimates are based on my experience.</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>1. Visit City Hall and purchase 3-5 certified copies of your marriage certificate. Prior to your visit, fill out an application here: https://www1.nyc.gov/cityclerkformsonline/recordRequest.htm?PARAM_TARGET=_target0&page=0</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Bring your US driver’s license or other ID. The cost is $15 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy. Total time = approx. 20 min. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>2. Visit your closest Social Security Administration office in NYC. Fill out this application before you visit: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>See this list for identification you should bring with you: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Total time = approx. 45 min</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>SS card takes approx. 2 weeks to arrive. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>3. Call the customer service line for your banks and credit cards and inform them that you have legally changed your name. Most can change it over the phone with no documentation, but some will require you to stop by a branch with a certified copy of your marriage certificate. Call / write your landlord, utilities and anything else in your maiden name to inform them about your legal name change and inquire about their required documentation. Banks and businesses differ in what they’ll need. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>4. Change your name on your passport through the mail. Visit a drug store or photo shop and get 2 passport size photos. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>If you received your passport less than one year ago, fill out this form: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212249.pdf</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>This is free unless you select expedited service, which costs $60.</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>If you received your passport over one year ago, fill out this form:</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212241.pdf</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>This will cost $110, unless you select expedited service, which costs $170. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Include your application, a certified copy of your marriage certificate, your current passport, your passport sized photos and a check for your fees made out to US Department of State. Mail all of this to:</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>ROUTINE:</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>EXPEDITED:</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955 </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Total time = approx. 6 weeks for routine, 3 weeks for expedited.</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>4. When you receive your new Social Security card, make an appointment to visit your local DMV here: https://visit.dmv.ny.gov/onlineReserve/indexB.html</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Fill out the MV-44 prior to your visit and bring appropriate identification and a certified copy of your marriage certificate. The DMV lays out the process nicely here:</div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>https://dmv.ny.gov/address-change/change-your-name-or-non-address-information-dmv-documents#license</div&gt;
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>The cost is $12.50 for a new license. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>Total time = approx. 45 min. </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”> </div>
<div style=”font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; color: #454545; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>5. Bring your new license and SS card to HR at your job so they can change your name in their records. </div>

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