Name Change After Divorce

Name Change After Divorce

Name Change After Divorce

Get a court order restoring your prior name

Request an order restoring your former name as part of your divorce proceedings. Some courts can issue this before your divorce is finalized. This document is needed as proof of your name change.

Didn't request the order when divorcing?

If your divorce has already been finalized and you didn't request a name change order you can still change names after divorce. It's best to return to the court where your divorce was granted and ask if an order to restore your former name can be issued after the fact. If the court cannot issue a name change order without filing a new petition and paying the fee, you may still be able to reclaim your former name by showing additional proof documents at the SSA, providing your state DMV allows a name change with the documents you have available. (continued)


Always start with Social Security

As with all name changes, start by getting a Social Security card issued in your new name. Other agencies can only change names to be the same as is listed with the SSA. Read our section on divorce name change with Social Security for more information.

Then change your name everywhere else

This is the time-consuming part as you need to contact each organization where you hold an account, membership or ID. You'll need to learn the process, get any forms and send in your request. No doubt there will be plenty of time waiting on hold. Each organization has their own name change procedure. You may need to send a letter, an email, a fax, wait for a form to be delivered, visit in person or go online.

Generally speaking, we recommend providing a copy of your divorce decree AND photo ID under both old and new names. This results in fewer requests for more information.

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Here's how to make the change

The most difficult way is to do it all yourself - it requires lots of research, looking for the latest forms and information. Allow 20 minutes per company to do the research, wait on hold then complete any paperwork. If you have 20 companies to notify then allow 7 hours.

Got better things to do? Browse our database for free and see which companies we can provide detailed filing instructions for. Get ready to send forms, letters and emails. Attach the proof listed on each notification, sign and send! 


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.

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