After getting married there’s an old tradition that’s been around for many, many years. A woman changes her name after her wedding night. After the long wedding planning process, some people often don’t know what needs to be done in order to change their name. Here are a few simple steps to changing your last name to your married name.
You’ll need a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You’ll need them for different agencies that require proof that you were married.
You could have the option to change it when you’re taking care of your marriage certification. Check to see if there’s a pace that will let you note the name change. If you’re unable to than you’re going to need the court papers in order to change your last name legally. If you are unsure about any of the procedures that need to be done in order to change your name, it’s important to contact your attorney to get all the information.
Call the Social Security Administration so you can get a new Social Security card that will show your new name. They will send you the necessary forms and instructions for changing your name on you Social Security card.
Next comes the fun part… going to the DMV (department of motor vehicles) to get your driver’s license changed. This can be a long trip to the DMV so try and get all your documents needed in order beforehand.
Your password will need to be changed as well. Getting and completing the Passport Amendment/Validation Application will get this task completed. You’ll also need certified documentation showing your name change, this could be with your certified copy of the marriage certificate or your court papers.
Lastly, remember to change your name on your checks, any business cards and credit cards that still have you maiden name on them.
Changing your last name after getting married can be a long process, but it’s something that has to be done. Being organized and making sure to have copies of everything will help make the process go quicker and much more smoother.