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You can still change names if married abroad. While not everyone accepts a foreign marriage certificate, there is usually a way around it.
Religious or government certificates are both accepted when changing names. We explain how order your marriage certificate and request extra copies.
There's different forms to use depending when your passport was issued. Follow the links to download the form you need.
It’s not always as black and white as my surname or his surname. You have a few more options.
If you have the legal right to permanently reside in the USA, you may change names here too.
It is possible to keep your maiden name as a middle name, but you should be aware of your state’s law first.
Here's how to change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) once married. Download and file the SSA name change form for free.
All you need is your marriage certificate. Some places must be updated in person, we provide paperwork and procedures for all the others.
The SSA allows you to revert to your prior name after divorce. If you don't have an order restoring your former name other documents can be shown in its place. Always prioritize changing names with the SSA.
If you’ve divorced then you have all the documents needed to start changing names, you can get your paperwork sorted in just minutes.
Once your divorce order is granted by the court, you’re free to change names everywhere. Updating government photo ID, such as your passport, helps.
Having a cort issued name change order is the simplest way to change names. It's still possible to change names without this, but the process can be more tricky.
Unlike marriage name change, reverting to your former name without being divorced can be complicated.
You can be known by any name, but to get identification and records changed you need a court order.
This process is managed by your county court. We provide general information to get started on your child’s name change, but it's always best to contact your local court directly.
If you’ve decided to lodge a legal name change application with the court, we’ve got some information to help you along the way.
If you’re legally entitled to reside in the USA you can change your name legally. We explain how.
Legal name change orders are managed at a state level. Turnaround times and filing fees vary significantly.
Once you have a court document, you must contact all the necessary companies to get your accounts and identification updated.
There’s a number of different forms, so be sure to complete the correct one based on your name change situation.
Changing names on your social security card is a simple process, and free.
Voter records are centralized, so you can change at either state or national level. We’ll provide your state’s form and procedures for free.
It’s simple to change your name on Facebook and may only take a few minutes.
You can change names online once logged in. Significant changes will require a proof document to be uploaded.
IRS don’t need to be notified of name changes as records are pulled from the SSA. However there are some other considerations.
Be prepared for a lengthy wait and pack a suitcase of documents. Many state DMV’s can make changing names a challenging process.