Changing Your Name After Marriage Without the Stress

Changing Your Name After Marriage Without the Stress

dropping your maiden name There is so much planning, preparing and plotting that goes into pulling off the perfect wedding day that it seems almost impossible to see anything past the day itself! After months (maybe even years) of thinking of nothing but your dress, your hair, your venue and the menu, you’d think that after the wedding, all the preparations are over with. Think again!

Although you are officially married after the wedding, there is one more step you must take; officially changing your name!

Hitchswitch and Miss Now Mrs. both provide a name changing service in which they take care of everything for you for a small fee, but if you would rather DIY, here is the worry-free guide to changing your name after marriage!
couple dancing at wedding reception

  1. Get a Few Copies of Your Marriage Certificate: Before you can do anything, you must have this certificate! Head over to your county clerk and ask for your long-form marriage certificate. (This will make for an easier process in the long run, I promise!)
  2. Updating Your Social Security Card: Next, visit the Social Security Administration’s website and fill out the application to apply for your new SS card. If you prefer to do this in person, you will need several original documents besides your marriage certificate to the SS office to proving your age, identity, and U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status. A valid driver’s license will do!
  3. Take a Trip to the DMV: We all hate the DMV, but this is a necessary step to legally changing your name. (Unfortunately.) Check your local DMV’s website to be super prepared before you go, they may list all the forms you’ll need! Don’t forget your marriage certificate, license and basically every form of ID you have. Anything to make your DMV trip go smoothly!
  4. Take a Deep Breath: Because you did it! The worst is over. The only thing left to do is make a couple of phone calls or visits to update your name everywhere else. Here’s a quick list of some sports you may have forgotten to update on your name change:
    • Your job
    • Your passport
    • Your leases (car, apartment, etc.)
    • Your bank
    • Your doctor
    • Student loans
    • Your attorney
    • Your cellphone company
    • Insurance companies
    • Credit cards
    • And of course, your social media accounts, HELLO!

steps on how to change your last name

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About Naomi Wilson

A hopeless romantic and Pinterest wedding fanatic at heart, I'm a sucker for all things love, proposals and wedding planning. Being a student of communications and journalism at Springfield College has introduced me to the wonderful world of video producing and blogging and after sitting in front of a screen watching The Yes Girls' proposal videos for hours on end, I knew I had to find an in! When I’m not obsessing over the latest wedding trends, I spend my time watching Audrey Hepburn, drinking iced caramel macchiatos, learning French, and planning my next Instagram post.

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