Name Change After Marriage
Once you've decided to change surnames after marriage it's up to you to notify all the various agencies and companies of your new name. The only proof document needed is your marriage certificate. There's no 'registration' of your married name, just start using it! Easy Name Change helps by providing ready to send name change notifications to get all your records updated. Just choose which companies to notify and get detailed filing instructions and ready to send notifications.
First, get your marriage certificate
The only document needed to start your name change is your marriage certificate. While many organizations accept religious marriage certificates, some agencies may insist on a government-issued certificate because it is contains enhanced security features. You can get your original government issued marriage certificate from your local registrar or from your state vital statistics office (also called an original certified copy of your marriage certificate). See how to get your marriage certificate for more information.
Next, change names with the SSA
The next step is to advise the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your new name. The DMV, IRS and other government agencies pull records from the SSA and only allow you to take the same name as what is currently on file with the SSA. It's best to change names in person at any SSA location, otherwise you need to mail original identity documents, which isn't ideal.
Then update photo ID
Once you have proof your name has been changed with the SSA, go onto update photo ID with your state road authority. Many organizations ask to see updated ID as evidence of your name change. It's also convenient to have an updated license on hand for when you come across an opportunity to change names in person, like when visiting your doctor or library.
Finally, change names on all your accounts
As company sets their own name change process, the final and most time-consuming stage in changing names is updating all your accounts and memberships. You may be told to send letter, an email or fax. Some companies have special forms. Banks usually need you to visit a branch in person. You also need to learn which company needs your marriage certificate, which ones need photo ID and where to send it. Learning the correct process for each company usually takes all day as you call around and ask.
Can't be bothered waiting on hold? Get detailed filing instructions and ready to send notifications for over one thousand organizations. No need to google, wait on hold or search for special name change forms. We explain what documents to include as proof of your name change with each company. In fact, we're so sure our kits will save you hours of work that we'll provide a full refund if you're not happy for any reason.
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Don't have a marriage certificate? No problem, we'll provide you with the form or procedure to apply. Not yet married? You can get your name change paperwork started now, then just add your certificate once available. It only takes 10 minutes to get all the information and paperwork you'll need.
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