Changing Name When Married Overseas

Changing Name When Married Overseas

Changing Name When Married Overseas

It is up to each organization what documents are accepted as proof of marriage name change. This means a company may have a policy not to accept an overseas marriage certificate. However, there is almost always a way around this.

First, Change names with Social Security

Fortunately the SSA recognizes all marriages conducted abroad, providing it was a legal marriage ceremony in that country. If your foreign marriage certificate not in English you must provide an approved translation. SSA records can take up to 4 weeks to be processed if mailed in. Wait until you have proof of your updated name with SSA, such as a letter or new SSA card. Then update all other records, starting with photo ID such as your driver's license or passport.

Changing names with other companies

Once you have government records in your new name, including proof of SSN in your old and new names and photo ID, companies will be hard-pressed to refuse your name change. It is always worthwhile to be persistent with any company that makes your name change difficult. While your foreign marriage certificate may be rejected, it is unlikely your updated government ID will not be accepted. If experiencing difficulties ask to speak to a different representative or a manager. You can always close your account and open a new one as you will have identification in your new name. 

Ready to start changing names now?

No matter if you're already married or about to tie the knot, you can start your name change paperwork now. An Easy Name Change kit allows you to choose as many companies as necessary from our database of thousands. Get ready to send paperwork for your bank, credit card, utilities, insurance and more. Click below to get started. Don't have a printer? We can mail everything to you!


You can still change names if married abroad. While not all organizations accept foreign marriage certificates, there is usually a way around it.  

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