Married Name Change Guide and Checklist, Texas

How do I change names after marriage in Texas?
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How to change names after marriage
Apply for your Texas marriage license
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Get your Texas marriage license
Get a certified copy of your marriage license
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Order your certified marriage license
Prioritize your name change with the SSA
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SSA name change
Texas driver’s license/ID card name change
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Texas license name changes
Texas vehicle title name change
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Vehicle title & registration
Passport name change
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Passport name change
Document preparation
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Document preparation
DIY with our free checklist
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DIY with our free checklist
What married name can I take in Texas?
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Your married name options

How do I change names after marriage in Texas?

The only document needed as proof of your new married name is your certified marriage license. Order this after your ceremony and show it whenever you are asked for proof of name change.  Change names with the SSA first, then apply to all other agencies and companies. The quickest way to change names is to have Easy Name Change prepare all your paperwork, so you can just sign and send. We can provide all your ready send name change paperwork in just minutes.

Apply for your Texas marriage license

There are no residency requirements to apply for a Texas marriage license. The couple must appear in person at the clerk’s office with valid, government issued photo ID and proof of social security number. Once issued, the license becomes valid in 72 hours, and for up to 90 days.  If a couple sits the Twogether pre-marital education course, many counties offer reduced license fees and no waiting time. Wait time is also eliminated for active military personnel, obtains a waiver from a judge or is an employee of the Department of Defense.

Marriage license fees vary between counties. Expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $75. Any Texas issued marriage license is valid state wide. Once you are married, the officiant will complete the license and return it to the county for filing. The couple can then order a certified copy of their marriage license from the clerk and use it to change names.

Get a certified copy of your marriage license

You’ll often be asked for proof of your new name, so order a certified copy of your marriage license from the county clerk in the county where you first filed. Ordering procedure, fees and processing times vary between counties. Many counties have online or mail certificate ordering and all allow in person ordering. Contact the county where your license was issued or search ‘certified marriage license’ plus the county name for more information. 

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Prioritize your name change with the SSA

Most agencies will only allow you to change your name to what is currently recorded with the SSA. Ensure the SSA has updated your name before changing names with the DMV. Complete and return form SS5 ‘Application for a Social Security Card’, included in your Easy Name Change kit. There is no fee. 

Texas driver’s license/ID card name change

Visit any Texas Department of Public Safety office within 30 days of the change. Take your original marriage license and current driver’s license or ID card. A replacement license costs $11*.

* Correct at the time of writing, subject to change 

Texas vehicle title name change

If your vehicle has a lien, contact the lienholder to start the process. You’ll need to provide the signed Certificate of Title, and the lienholder must file for the name change. If your vehicle has no lien, take completed form U-130 (provided in your Easy Name Change kit) to your county tax collector’s office, along with your original certificate, original vehicle title, registration papers and the $33 fee.

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Passport name change

Expect a free replacement if you apply for a name change within 12 months of issue. File form DS-5504. Passports more than a year old should use form DS-82 and full renewal fees are payable (Passport books $110. Passport cards $30). No credit is given for unused time remaining in your passport.  

If your passport has much time remaining you can leave your passport in your maiden name and continue using it for travel even if you’ve changed names everywhere else. Ensure flights are booked under the name currently in your passport. You should also take a copy of your marriage certificate when travelling in case you need to prove your identity.

Document preparation

Get ready to send name change forms, letters and faxes for all the places where you need to change names; SSA, DMV, Passport, insurance, credit cards, banks, loyalty clubs and more. We also provide detailed filing instructions for each company. No hunting for forms, waiting on hold, writing letters or researching procedures.  

DIY with our free checklist

If you’d rather change names the hard way, download our free checklist here, ideal if you only have a few records to update. Name change processes and paperwork are different for each company, so if you have 15 or more places to notify save yourself a whole lot of hassle with our personalized and ready to send kits that cover almost 1,000 organizations.

What married name can I take in Texas?

If you are married in Texas, you must include your name change on the license at the time of application. Either spouse can elect to make one of the following changes;

  • Take your husband’s surname
  • Take your husband’s surname on all ID and records, but keep using your maiden name at work
  • Add your husband’s surname to your own (with or without a hyphen)
  • Leave your name as it currently is

 

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