Just Married? Change Your Name in Five Simple Steps
Once the hustle and bustle of your wedding day is over and you’ve returned from your honeymoon relaxed and ready to start your very own happily ever after, it’s time to think about what’s left to take care of now that you are officially husband and wife. For example, are you going to change your last name? Do you know what to do and what you’ll need to start? Here are the five simple steps to changing your name.
- Locate your marriage license. According to TheKnot.com, the first item of business is to get your hands on your marriage license. You must have the original document or a certified copy with embossed seal. This is to show your new last name. If you weren’t given a copy, call the clerk’s office where you filed your marriage license and request a copy. Without this important document you cannot go any further in the name changing process.
- Update your Social Security card. Once you’ve obtained your marriage license, you can now go to your local Social Security office to get your name on your Social Security card changed (your Social Security number will not change). Depending on where you live, you may be able to do this step online. When you go, be sure to bring along your driver’s license (which, at this point, will still have your old last name on it) and your marriage license. Whether you go into the office or fill out the form online, it should take no longer than 10 days to get your new Social Security card.
- Get your driver’s license changed. Once you’ve received your new Social Security card in the mail, you’re all set to head to your local DMV to get your new driver’s license. When you go, be sure to bring your old license, your marriage license and your new social security card. The more forms of identification the better during this step. You should be able to walk out of the DMV with your new driver’s license in hand.
- Change your name on your bank accounts. This is as simple as heading to your local bank with marriage certificate, new driver’s license and Social Security cards and asking them to change your name on your existing bank accounts. This is also a great time to open a joint bank account if you’d like. While at the bank, request new debit cards and updated checks. While new cards and checks may not be free, it is important that all of your financial information match your new last name.
- Notify other institutions where your name is on file. Amanda Black of TheKnot.com has compiled a helpful list of some other places where you may need to update your information. Her list includes places like your employer (to change your name on their payroll), the post office, utility companies, the doctor’s office and even your online auto insurance company. Now that you’re married, your car insurance is a great place to start saving money once you’ve finished all the tasks involved in changing your name. Joint policies with your new spouse can often save a considerable amount of money. Simply request a couple of quotes for auto insurance online to see who can offer you the best policy and premiums for your newly married status.
Changing your name may be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make once you get married. Some people forgo doing it because they think it’s a complicated and time-consuming process. While it does take some effort, with five simple steps you’ll have it taken care of in no time, giving you the rest of your life to enjoy your new life as husband and wife.
Article written by Micah Moon
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