Information Hub

Hard to find information for your name change clearly laid out. Now you can get on with updating your records! 

Name Change Information Hub

Do you have a tricky history of name changes? Maybe you were born overseas or live between 2 countries? Short on proof? We are the experts and have the answers! You can also access our free name change checklist to get an idea of all the organizations you need to notify and how much time we will save you!

The easy way: Use our name change notification kit to get personalized and ready to send name change notifications for your companies. In many cases you can simply attach your marriage certificate or court order and send! There’s also going to be places where you need to log in to your account, visit a branch or call. Our company checklist explains each company’s process so you don’t waste time researching. 

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The hard way: Yep. More lists. Start by doing an audit of all the places you may need to notify. This could be anywhere from 8 to over 50. Contact each one or research online to get their name change procedure. You may need to request a form.

Note all the requirements in your checklist – post and email addresses, proof documents, links to forms, important URLs, office opening hours and the steps.

Next, get busy writing letters and emails, completing forms and hammering the photocopier. Allow 20 minutes per company. If you have 25 companies then that’s 8 hours you could have saved with an Easy Name Change kit.

No matter which way you go, most banks and all state DMV’s need you to visit in person. Most people choose to also attend the SSA in person to save mailing original identification documents.

Customers need to arrange their proof of name change before they can use our kit.

If you’re married, then you probably already have your marriage certificate and there’s no extra filing to claim your name!

If you’re already divorced you should have requested an order to restore your former name. If not you may be able to use your divorce decree to change names.

If you’re legally changing names it’s recommended you petition the court and receive your name change order before purchasing a kit. Check if you live in a state where we provide the name change petition and instructions in your kit, then you can request the petition and get your notifications all in our kit for one low price.

All name changes need to start with the SSA. Allow 2 working days for changes to be visible to other agencies, then visit your state DMV. They only allow a name that is an exact match with the SSA, so be sure you choose a name compliant with your state DMV before making any changes. Once you receive photo ID in your new name you can go onto change names with banks and credit unions. Then there are all the remaining companies, which can be anywhere from 5 to over 40 extra places!

While each state is a little different, the majority of newlyweds can take any of these names by simply showing their marriage certificate:

  • You can drop your surname and take your spouse’s
  • You can add your spouse’s surname to your own. Names can appear in either order and can be separated by either a space or hyphen.
  • You can move your birth surname to become a middle surname. Read more

A legal name change is needed if you:

  • Want to change any part of your given name/s (other than moving your maiden name to become your middle name)
  • Want a surname other than yours or your spouse’s
  • Want to blend a part of each surname together to make a new name (except residents married in California)

If changing names from divorce you’re only allowed to revert to your former name. You’ll need a legal name change if you want a name other than your married name or an earlier name.

Most companies won’t write back to confirm your name was changed. Check that your new name appears when you next log into your account or receive correspondence. Most companies update your name within a few days of receiving your request, but some can take weeks (passport) or months (replacement green card )


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Frequently Asked Questions

There are 2 key steps. First, get proof of your new name which varies depending on your reason for changing names. Next, send off our notifications so each organisation can update your record. 

Learn the 2 step process to changing names

This is the most difficult part about changing names as each company has to be notified separately. And the process for each company is different. You’ll need to send a range of forms, letters and emails.  

How do I notify companies of my new name? 

Change names online via HMRC. National Insurance and a number of other linked government modules can be updated at the same time. You’ll still need separate notification for licence, passport and some other places.  

How do I change names with National Insurance?

While all records should be changed over in a reasonable time, it’s okay to delay your passport if you still have travel booked in your former name. Complete the online passport application or send in a paper form.  

How do I change the name on my passport?

Electoral roll data is amalgamated from various sources throughout the year. You can advise of a name change online or to your local office. You can also request your name is kept the public register. 

How do I update my voter registration after changing names?

Your car or lorry licence can be updated by mail. You’ll need to send original identity documents, so it’s handy to have a few copies of your marriage certificate or deed poll.  

How do I change names on my driver’s licence?

A number of government records are linked from HMRC, so it’s a good idea to make HMRC a priority. Change names online and also advise if you have a change of domestic situation. 

How do I change names with HMRC?

If you need to change names in writing but the company doesn’t want the responsibility of handling your original documents you may be asked for a certified copy.  

How do I get certified copies?

Depending on your reason for changing names it’s either a marriage certificate, decree absolute or deed poll. You can use different documents to go back to your former name without being divorced and may need proof you have started using your new name. 

What proof documents do I need to change names?

Our customers save an average of 8 hours and get their names changed weeks faster! Our satisfaction guarantee means you have nothing to lose! If you enjoy waiting on hold, completing forms and writing letters then you don’t need Easy Name Change.  

Why should I use Easy Name Change?

If you’ve moved to the UK and become a permanent resident or citizen you can still change names! Follow our tips for your name change abroad and be careful when booking international travel.  

Name change for new citizens and permanent residents

If you are a permanent resident outside of the UK then you may be able to apply for a legal name change in your country of residence. But what about updating your UK records? Can our kit help?  

Can you change names while residing outside of the UK?

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Recommendations and resources for your name change

You’ve changed your name, and you’re now ready to tell the world! Browse our companies broken up into 15 categories, then check off the places you need to notify!

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