Changing names? 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 contains enhanced security features. You can get your original government-issued marriage certificate from your local registrar or 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 office so the change can be processed while you wait, although it can take up to 3 working days for the change to be visible to other agencies, like the DMV. Try to avoid mailing in your SSA name change application as you’ll need to send original identification documents and the SSA prefer not to handle this.
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Then update photo ID
Once you have proof your name has been changed with the SSA, update photo ID with your state road authority. Most banks will 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 each 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 to log into your account. Some companies have special forms. Banks usually need you to visit a branch in person. You have to figure out which companies need your marriage certificate, which ones need photo ID and where to send it all! It takes hours to learn the correct process for each company! We can take care of all this for you.
Get detailed filing instructions and ready to send notifications for all your organizations. No need to google, wait on hold or search for special name change forms. We explain what proof document each company needs. 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.
Ready to start changing names now?
Don’t have a marriage certificate? No problem, we’ll let you know how to apply, and provide your state form if they have one! 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.