Apply for a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the same county clerk where your marriage license was issued. Certificates are available about 10 days after your wedding ceremony. You may also order your certificate from Colorado State Vital Statistics. Next, complete form SS5 to change names with Social Security. Allow 2-3 days for your SSA records to be updated before visiting Colorado DMV in person to update your license or photo ID card. We recommend ordering an Easy Name Change kit as you’ll receive ready to send forms for the SSA and marriage certificate application, plus get researched name change procedures and corresponding paperwork for hundreds more organizations.
Any two people can apply for a Colorado marriage license by appearing in person at any county Clerk and Recorder’s office. There are no residency requirements and couples of the same sex can be legally married in Colorado. Licenses can be used anywhere throughout the state. Licenses are issued on the day of application and are valid immediately, and for up to 35 days. Many counties allow for online marriage license ordering, but both parties to the marriage must appear in person to show ID and proof of SSN when ordering or collecting the license. If one party can’t appear due to illness, being out of state, or other acceptable reasons, a notarized absentee application can be provided. Fees vary between counties, but expect to pay around $30.
Once your marriage is solemnized, the license should be returned to the same county office for filing within 63 days. Once filed, a certified copy of the marriage certificate can be ordered. Use this certificate everywhere as proof of name change. (Note, if you’re a same sex couple residing out of state, your DMV may not recognize your Colorado marriage.)
Your final marriage license is essential when changing names. It lists your name at the time of marriage and your husband’s full name. It is accepted everywhere as proof of your name change. It’s usually easiest to order from the county recorder where you applied for a marriage license. Keep in mind marriage licenses can take up to 63 days to be returned for filing after your ceremony, but usually much quicker. Once the completed license is filed you can order a certified copy, usually $1.25 each, but fees can vary. Most counties, including El Paso, Denver and Jefferson Counties allow ordering by mail.
As Colorado DMV only allows a name change to what currently on file with the SSA, always update your SSA records first. Complete form SS5 Application for a Social Security Card and file by mail or in person at a SSA branch. Allow 2-3 days for the SSA to process the application once received. Once processed, go in person to update your name with the DMV.
Take your current license or photo ID card and a certified copy of your marriage license in person to any DMV location. Foreign marriage certificates are not recognized. Colorado DMV allow you to move your maiden name to become a middle name. Your first and last names must match what is currently on file with the SSA, so ensure you have allowed at least 2 full days for the SSA to process your name change request.
If your vehicle title is held by a lienholder, contact them directly to organize a name change. If you hold the title, visit your county motor vehicle division. Take your updated driver’s license, the certified copy of your marriage license and the original title. Sign off your old name on seller part of the original title. Fees are payable if you request a duplicate copy of your title.
If you apply for a replacement passport in your new name within 12 months of your current passport being issued, it will be issued free of charge. Use form DS-5504, or complete it online. If your current passport was issued more than 12 months ago you are due for full renewal fees and no credit is provided for remaining time. Use form DS-82, which can also be completed online.
You are still legally entitled to travel on a passport issued in your maiden name, even if you have changed names in other places. You may choose to only update your passport once it comes close to expiring. If travelling on a passport where the name does not match your credit cards and other ID it is a good idea to take a copy of your marriage certificate so you don’t have issues trying to prove identity abroad. Also ensure you only book international travel under the name that currently appears on your passport.
Not all fees apply to all applicants. It depends on what identification and records you hold and need to update. While correct at the time of writing, these fees are subject to change without notice, so we always recommend you check with the relevant agency for up to date fees.
Agencies and companies have a range of name change processes. For example, the SSA requires you to send in a form, where the DMV requires you to visit a branch in person. Most banks require you to visit in person, but some allow name change by mail. All other companies should be notified, including communications, insurance, credit cards, loyalty clubs, professional organizations and more. You may need to send a letter, fax, email or call. Get name change procedures for almost 1,000 organizations in just minutes, plus ready send forms and letters where required. Kits take only 20 minutes to build and save up to 10 hours.
Same sex marriages have been recognized in Colorado since October 2014. This means name change rights are now extended to both spouses, regardless if male or female. Here’s your options for changing names;