No matter what your reason for changing names, it's up to you to notify the various organizations of your new name and the process is the same for everyone.
- Always start with the Social Security Administration (SSA)
- Workplace (401k, insurance policies, email, internal directories, business cards)
- State driver's license (car title & registration at the same time)
- Bank accounts (checkings, savings, term deposits)
- Credit cards
- Voter registration
- Insurance (home, car, health)
- Communications (phone, TV, internet)
- Loans (mortgage, car, personal loans)
- Utilities (power, gas, water)
- Memberships (frequent flyers, hotel rewards, shopping and store cards)
- Medical (doctors, dentists)
- Professional associations
- Alumni (High school, university)
- Online (PayPal, Facebook, Ebay, LinkedIn)
- Other (voicemail, road toll accounts, subscriptions, charities, church)
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- It's always a good idea to update your will when changing names, especially if recently married or divorced.
- Request 2-3 original copies (also called certified copies) of your marriage certificate, divorce order or legal name change order. After changing names you can keep one of the extra copies with a friend or relative for safekeeping.
- Aim to get all your records updated within a week or two. Name changes that are dragged out for months become very frustrating and you may have difficulties proving your identity
- Get all your notifications prepared at once. If you need multiple documents notarized it's easier to do it all at once and get one or two extra copies.