The good news is that there is no time limit to changing names after marriage! Either spouse may change names from marraige, but it’s still mostly brides taking their partner’s name. While most make the transition to their new name within 2-3 months of their wedding, others can take YEARS!
If you decide to take your spouse’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.
With our help, you can get your name change requests all sent off in just 20 minutes! Sure, you COULD save a few bucks by calling every. single. company…. And then wasting hours writing all your own letters, looking for forms and filling in tiny boxes. This will take around 8 hours spread across a few weeks while you wait for companies to write back and send you a form or confirm their process. No matter which way you go, get onto it now! If you are not organised your name change could drag out over several months, or even years! (cont…)
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How long does it take to change names?
That depends on how organised you are! You can get the whole process wrapped up within 2-3 weeks. Always start by applying for your marriage certificate from your local registrar, which is usually available 2 weeks after your wedding. With our name change kits you can have most of your requests signed and sent off in just 20 minutes!
If you don’t use an Easy Name Change kit, be prepared to spend 8 plus hours doing your own administration. 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, an email or return a form. Your name is usually changed by each company within a few days of receiving your request.
How much does it cost?
Most organisations do not charge fees for changing your name in their system. There’s usually only a charge when you need a new document or certificate issued.
Driving licences are free if you can can surrender the old licence. If you hold a passport and intend to travel abroad in the near future you may choose to leave your passport as is and travel under your former name (the name in your passport must match the tickets). If you want your passport changed to your married name then full renewal fees apply, even if you have years left in your current passport. A new 10 year passport costs £82.50 if you apply online. However, if you choose to use a paper application form, the cost will be slightly higher at £93.
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 £11. We recommend getting at least 2 copies of your marriage certificate from your registrar so your name change is 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. Customers save an average of 8 hours, so it is a worthwhile investment and takes all the guesswork out of changing names. Our personalised kits come with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee. You have nothing to lose, except for a few boring hours of administration, so get started now!