(Closed) MissnowMrs – changing your name the easy way!

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thanks. I’ll check into it

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Unless you have extensive forms to fill out, I can tell you from the experience I had from buying into one of these programs that it’s not necessary.  I had the whole packet ready, and it turns out that the forms aren’t the hard part, and most companies just want a copy (not an original) of your marriage license.

Everything hinges on your social security card being changed – trust me, there is NO easy system for that, and then, everything else falls into place. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I purchased this service.  I DO NOT recommend it.  They don’t do everything for you!  I swear it actually took me LONGER to use it than if I had done it on my own.  If you have a good checklist for everything you need to change your name, then it works WAY better.  The way that site works is to insert your information into pre-formatted letters and forms that you MAIL to everyone.  That’s why you have to pay for extra copies of your marriage certificate, it’s assuming that you are mailing your ORIGINAL (because you have to) to the SS office, the DMV, etc.  I trust the postal system, but not THAT much!  I ended up walking in to most of the places anyway and they didn’t need any of the forms I printed out!  I was ticked.  Plus there’s no info on changing your car registration.  AND because I’m military, it was a pain in the butt to try to trick the system into giving me the forms I need!  (I.e. a Colorado voter registration form even though I live in California, etc.)  I say boo to MissNowMisses.com!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Oh goodness, all of this just made me a little nervous about the whole name change thing!  It’s really not that bad, right?  Undecided

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ugh,,, I’m totally looking forward to changing my name, but I’m completely dreading the paperwork part.  Also, I have a whole bunch of international travel for work planned for shortly after my wedding, so I’m going to need to get my new passport quickly! …or put off the official name change until later in the fall.  So complicated!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

it’s not that bad to do it on your own.  i don’t think you need this service.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Mighty thanks for the heads up! darn, I was excited about misstomrs when I heard about it awhile back 🙁

what all should be on a checklist to get changed? I am so dreading this! haha

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

you dont need this service. since we are actually already married (courthouse ceremony with our big one planned for june) i’ve already changed my name. i went to the social security office first. i actually sat in the waiting area longer than what it actually took to take care of the paperwork there. when we finished i looked at the lady and said, “thats it?” lol. as far as that website offering copies of your marriage cert for 4.95….i drove the 5 min to the courthouse and it only cost me $3 per copy. the dmv was very easy too. they only needed to see my marriage certificate. they didn’t need to keep it. i paid $20 and got a new license. easy peasy! my advice…dont stress about the name change…..you dont even have to get it all done asap. i actually took my time with it. i did the important ones first and went from there. when it came to changing my car registration i waited until it was due for renewal simply because i didn’t want to pay more than i had to. i just kept a copy of my marriage cert. with my registration in my car just in case i got stopped. the bank was another easy one too! i also sat in the waiting area longer than it took to actually get my name changed. dont worry bees. its not as stressful as you may think. i agree with mightysapphire. as long as you have a list of what you need to do….you’ll be fine. 🙂

Post # 12
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

oh by the way…the knot.com has a name change kit for $30….dont waste your money. i bought and didn’t use any of it.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Changing your name is really not a bad process, it just takes a while to get it all done.  The problem isn’t filling out forms (which most of those companies offer to do for you) but sitting in line at the SSA, DMV, banks, etc.

Honestly, you just need a few copies of your marriage certificate, and some free time.  Don’t bother with these services.  If you’re planning on doing anything tricky with your name (ie. I added a 2nd last name, no hyphen), make sure you’re ready to explain exactly how it should appear on your new ID, credit cards and everything else.

Do the social security card first, and everyone after that will just want to see your card and marriage certificate.  The hard part is getting used to using the right name!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Absolutely the worst part of changing your name is waiting in line at the social security office and the DMV. It takes forever to wait and I find those places so stressful in general. Otherwise, it is pretty straightforward and simple.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had my last name changed a little over a year ago (to my step-father’s last name, which will now become my maiden name.) and it was VERY simple.  I didn’t even have trouble with the SS card part, although I put it off for a while, I drove to the SS administration locally first thing on a Monday morning, and even though they opened the doors 10 minutes late, and their computers were down, they managed to get me in and out of there in about 20 minutes, and I was probably 10-15 people back in the line. 

Not sure how it’s different for marriage, though – It was very easy for a court-issued name change, however.

 

 

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