Now that I’ve been married for almost 10 months, I think its finally time to change my maiden name! It was hard to know where to start, so here are the basics.
1. If you’re honeymooning right away, don’t change your name before your wedding. It takes a while to process a name change, and your travel documents must match.
2. Obtain a certified marriage certificate. I had no idea that the one that we signed on our wedding day was little more than a “souvenir.” At least, that’s what the County Clerk told me. I followed their instructions and mailed a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with a check for $20 ($15 for one copy and $5 for each additional copy).
3. After you get the certified marriage certificate, bring it to the nearest social security office (find yours here). It goes without saying that you should also bring your driver’s license.
4. It’s relatively simple. They asked me for my new married name, my parents’ names, and address. They shredded my old card (gasp!).
5. Wait at least 24 hours to change your name on your driver’s license with the DMV. The social security office will also automatically inform the IRS, so no worries there. I wouldn’t change my name around tax season though. You should receive your new social security card in 10 business days.
6. Lastly, its also important to change your name at your bank, mortgage, and credit card companies, your workplace, insurance companies, utility companies, passport, doctor’s office, any schools, and your attorney. Its pretty easy to call and tell them, and most places didn’t need my marriage certificate.
**If you’re super organized, go here to check out a more comprehensive list.