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You can still change names if married abroad. While not all organizations accept foreign marriage certificates, there is usually a way around it.
It is possible to keep your maiden name as a middle name but you should first be aware of your state’s law. You may need to state this name when filing for your wedding license.
Here's how to change your name with the Social Security Administration once married. Download and file the SSA name change form as part of any kit. Once your name change is confirmed send off all other notifications.
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.
If you have the legal right to permanently reside in the USA you can change names here too. There's no special 'registration' of your new name, just starting using it! Use our ready to send notifications to update your records.
All you need is your marriage certificate. Some places must be updated in person, some need you to send a request in writing. We explain what to send where.
If you’re divorced then you may already have all the documents needed to start changing names! Each company has a different process, but we'll help get your paperwork sorted in just minutes.
Unlike changing names from marriage, reverting to your former name without being divorced can be complicated. It is possible but you may need to be persistent.
The SSA allows you to revert to your prior name after divorce. It's preferred you have an order restoring your former name or a divorce order listing both names. If not, you can show additional documents.
Having a court 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 tricky.
Make sure you ask for an order to restore your former name as part of your divorce proceedings then start changing names everywhere. Update the SSA first followed by the DMV, then go onto change names everywhere else.
Legal name change petitions should be filed with your local court house. Turnaround times vary significantly by county and filing fees are set by your state.
If you’ve decided to file a legal name change application with the court we’ve got some information to help you along the way.
You can be known by any name, but to get identification and records changed you need a court order. Fees and turn around vary significantly between states.
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.
Once you have a court document you must then contact all the necessary companies to get your accounts and identification updated.
If you’re legally entitled to reside in the USA you can change your name legally. We explain how.
Voter records are centralized, so you can change at either state or national level. We’ll provide your state’s form and procedures.
The experience of changing names in your home country while residing abroad will be different for everyone as it depends on the policy from each of the organizations where you hold an account, record or membership.
Be prepared for a lengthy wait and pack a suitcase of documents. Many state DMV’s can make changing names a challenging process if you are not prepared.
You can change names online once logged in. A change from marriage, divorce or legally will require a proof document to be uploaded.
It’s simple to change your name on Facebook and should only take a few minutes. Follow these steps.
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 it's free.
IRS don’t need to be notified of name changes as records are pulled from the SSA. However there are some other considerations.
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