What documents do I need?
Proof of your name change is required when updating your name with government agencies and many other organizations. When going through the court divorce process ask the judge for a court ordered name change. You may request your former name is restored or some states may allow you to take a new name if you have a sound reason. If you didn't request a name change order when divorcing you are still able to change names in an alternate way.
Get a court ordered name change
It is best to ask the judge for a court ordered name change while you are in the process of divorcing. If your divorce has already been finalized, some counties may allow you to request a name change order after the divorce is granted. Contact your county court to learn more. (continued...)
A name change order states your full married name and full former or new name. We recommend asking the court to provide 2-3 certified copies or your name change order. This allows you to continue to change names with various organizations instead of waiting for your only certificate to be returned.
Or request a name correction
If your divorce is finalized and you didn't receive a name change order you are still able to change names without going through an additional legal name change process. In the event you did not request an order restoring your former name, you should request a name correction with the SSA.
The process is exactly the same as a SSA name change application, but may be lesser known by SSA staff. Complete the SS5 application for a Social Security Card form. The SSA allow a name correction where you have a subsequent name change following a relationship event such as civil union, marriage, or domestic partnership. Unfortunatley many organizations will also also ask for a court order to evidence your name change, in addition to the proof of your name change with the SSA. We recommend updating as many government IDs as possible so that you have multiple proofs of your name change before going onto change names with other companies There may be places that simply refuse your name change without a court order. In such cases you may find it easier to close your account and open a new one.
Then update your records
When changing names after a divorce chances are you'll need to get your name changed with around 15-20 organizations. An Easy Name Change kit will help. We'll provide all the paperwork you'll need to change names with over 1,000 organizations. We cover all state and federal agencies plus hundreds more companies. Wherever you can change names in writing, simply sign our notifications and send! Where an organization has does not allow name change by mail we explain exactly what to do so you're not left guessing.
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