How long does it take and cost?

How long does it take and cost?

How long does it take and cost?

The good news is that there is no time limit to changing names after marriage. While most brides make the transition to their new name within 2-3 months of their wedding, some brides may take years.

If you decide to take your husband's name in place of your own surname the process is very straightforward. No 'registration' of your name is necessary, simply start using it and notify all the necessary organisations.

We always recommend brides set aside sufficient time to get all their name change notifications done at once, otherwise changing names can drag out over several months, or even years. (cont...)


How long does it take to change names?

That depends on how organised you are! You can get the whole proces wrapped up within 4-6 weeks. Always start by applying for your marriage certificate from your local registrar, which is usually available 2 weeks after your wedding. The most time consuming part is learning the name change process for each individual company. Expect to wait on hold for some time, then send a letter or return a form. Your name is usually changed by each company within a few days of recieving your request.

If you want to cut out all the phone calls and letter writing, order a personalised notification kit. You can get the name change process for all your companies plus all the necessary paperwork in just 10 minutes. It's free to see what companies are covered. Just click here.

How much does it cost?

Most organisations do not charge fees for name change. When updating your driving licence there will be no charge providing you can surrender your old licence. 

If you hold a passport and intend to travel abroad before it expires you may choose to leave yuor passport as is and travel under your maiden name. If you want your passport changed to your married then name renewal fees apply, even if you have years left in your current passport. A total of up to 9 months is be credited to your new passport if you have any remaining time. A new 10 year passport costs £72.50.

You will need to pay a nominal fee for a copy of your marriage certificate from your local registrar's office. Fees vary, but expect to pay about £10. We recommend getting at least 2 copies of your marriage certificate from your registrar so your name change it not held up while you wait for your only certificate to be returned.

The only other cost to consider is an Easy Name Change kit. You can save 5 or more hours, so it is a worthwhile investment and takes all the guess work out of changing names. Our personalised kits come with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee. You have nothing to loose, except for a few boring hours of administration, so get started now!


You can change your name any any time after marriage, though most brides make the change within a month or two.  Invsting in an Easy Name Change kit can save about half a day of your time.

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