(Closed) Name Change Info

posted 10 years ago in Names
Post # 3
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Business cards! I just ordered mine and I won’t be able to use them until my July wedding.

Post # 5
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I made a list of what I needed to get changed and had printed out the forms ahead of time and had them filled out already. I also listed any costs with those like getting extra copies of marriage certificate. Here’s my list;

  • Get extra copy of marriage certificate from recorder of deeds
  • Go to Human Resources at work for :payroll, insurance, IDs, retirement plan, medical cards, business cards
  • New driver license
  • Social security card: Form SS-5
  • Bank accounts, bank cards and checks
  • Change name at post office
  • Car insurance, cell phone, other utilities
  • Email accounts and websites: ebay, paypal, etc.
  • Passport

I definitely wouldn’t pay one of the online sites to do it for you because it wasn’t hard or time consuming. I would just suggest keeping it organized and you’ll be fine.

Post # 6
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Wow Angee!! You are organized!!!

Post # 7
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

Everything Angee listed and your mortgage or lease.

Post # 9
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

You can get most forms online (I found them through google). Other companies will not use a form but will have a procedure on their website for you to go through. For example, for the bank you do not have to fill out a form but you do have to show up with your marriage certificate and your new license/ID showing your new name.

As to what you sign on the license, it depends on what state you are in. I got married in GA and there were spots for our current (birth) names and for our "last name after marriage."

Post # 11
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You have to wait until after the wedding is over and you get the marriage license back from the county clerk, Ms. Duck.  You will want to book the tickets for your honeymoon in your maiden name since you can’t change you name for at least a few months after the wedding probably.

Post # 13
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve been married for 6 months now and still haven’t bothered to change my passport yet. I figure that since I’m not going anywhere soon that I don’t need to deal with it right now.

Post # 14
15 posts
  • Wedding: January 2009

Don’t pay one of the online sites to do it it’s not that difficult.  A little annoing yes, but difficult, no.

Once you get your marriage certificate back after the wedding (ours took two full months!!):

1. Start with Social Security. Bring your marriage certificate and a passport or DL with your old name and picture. You can look upoffices in your area on the SS website.

2. Driver’s License. DMV, fill out the form. Bring your old license and your marriage certificate. Once you have poto I.D. with your new name, the rest is pretty easy and I just did things as they came up. 

3. Bank info and credit cards.  Some require a photo I.D. with your new name so you’ll have to wait until you get your new D.L. or passport.  

4. Lease or Mortgage

5. Employer – payroll and direct deposit – esp if you changed bank accounts. Business Cards!! (might want to order new ones before the wedding)

6. INSURANCE!: Home, renters, car, life, medical – any insurance you have change it.  Now is a good time to update it all anyway. Make sure everything is covered. Including your ring!!

7. Passport if you are travelling soon – those can take a long time to process

8. Any bills in your name: car, phone, utilities, etc.

9. Email accounts and any other things you have with your name on them – most things are not urgent and you can just change them anytime they come up – doctor visits, etc.  More things than you can even imagine will come up, so don’t try to figure it all out. Just deal with each thing if and when it comes up.

Hope that helps. It seems daunting, but just start with SS and DL and it all works itself out from there.

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