Hitchswitch.com Reviews?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
Member
3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@OohShiny @MrsDulce I used HitchSwitch to help me change my name after hearing about the company from a friend who use the service. HitchSwitch made everything super easy for me. Everything that they sent to me was completed except for my signature and Social Security number. Cool They even provided envelopes (already stamped) with my return address. Super easy, and well worth the price. A must for anyone who is going to change their name.

Post # 4
Member
1 posts
Wannabee

HitchSwitch did not work for me. I was under the impression I would put my marriage license into pre-prepared envelopes with the forms that were also suppose to be all filled out and simply send it off. But nope! Not only did I have a ton of stuff to still fill out, the information that came with it still suggested I go in person. The reason I paid money was to NOT have to go in person, but nowhere on the site does it mention that you may still have to make several trips. Also, for changing my social security card, the building I was advised to go to was completely wrong. It lead to a three hour wild goose chase trying to find the correct building. Total waste of time and money. 🙁

Post # 5
Member
4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I used a similar service, I can’t remember if it was HitchSwitch or MsNowMrs, but 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:

 

How To Change Your Name in NY (After Marriage)

 

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. If you have a specific circumstance that makes these instructions not applicable to you, let me know ([email protected]) and I can help you figure it out. 

 

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

 

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. 

 

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

See this list for identification you should bring with you: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm

 

Total time = approx. 45 min

SS card takes approx. 2 weeks to arrive. 

 

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. 

 

4. Change your name on your passport through the mail. Visit a drug store or photo shop and get 2 passport size photos. 

 

If you received your passport less than one year ago, fill out this form: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212249.pdf

This is free unless you select expedited service, which costs $60.

 

If you received your passport over one year ago, fill out this form:

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212241.pdf

This will cost $110, unless you select expedited service, which costs $170. 

 

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:

 

ROUTINE:

National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

 

EXPEDITED:

National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955 

 

Total time = approx. 6 weeks for routine, 3 weeks for expedited.

 

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

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:

https://dmv.ny.gov/address-change/change-your-name-or-non-address-information-dmv-documents#license

 

The cost is $12.50 for a new license. 

Total time = approx. 45 min. 

 

5. Bring your new license and SS card to HR at your job so they can change your name in their records. 

Post # 6
Member
3619 posts
Sugar bee

I paid $29.99 for the most basic version of HitchSwitch (the one that gives you all the forms you need and fills out some of the fields for you). As much as I’m not dying to waste a few hours of my life at the DMV or SSA, I know I’m going to have to go to those places in person for the best results and I also own a printer, so I don’t see any reason to pay them extra money to print a couple forms and put them into envelopes I’m not going to use. I basically just paid to have them source all the forms and keep them together for me in one place because I’m busy and lazy, and it’s worked well for that purpose. 

Post # 7
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2017

BrookeA212 : I agree! I had the same experience and I thought the point of it was that I wouldn’t have to wait in lines or visit the offices! And the forms weren’t completely filled out for me, I still had to fill in some missing information. I think it’s only useful if you’re too lazy to go online yourself to get the application forms and read the instructions. Basically all the company does is send you the forms with some of your basic info filled out (like your name and address) and gives you step by step instructions. Kinda a waste of money in my opinion.

Post # 8
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2017


BrookeA212 :
 I agree! I had the same experience and I thought the point of it was that I wouldn’t have to wait in lines or visit the offices! And the forms weren’t completely filled out for me, I still had to fill in some missing information. I think it’s only useful if you’re too lazy to go online yourself to get the application forms and read the instructions. Basically all the company does is send you the forms with some of your basic info filled out (like your name and address) and gives you step by step instructions. Kinda a waste of money in my opinion.

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