When I first got married, I couldn’t wait to change my name. I was not very fond of my maiden name and loved my husband’s last name. This was still a big decision for me because my sister and I were the last in our “branch” of the family to have my maiden name. Who would carry on the name? It wasn’t going to be me, I do not plan on having any children. So, I decided to take my husband’s name.
After the honeymoon, I set out to make the necessary changes. I scoured the internet looking for complete lists of how and where to change your name and started going through my newly made list. Turns out that you just can’t think of every place you will need to change your name! Over the past two years, I get a piece of mail with my maiden name on it and think “Oh yeah, I need to change my name with this company!” Also, I am a procrastinator, which doesn’t help with things like this. As I am writing this (two years after the wedding), I realize that I haven’t changed my name on my car title…probably should add the hubby to that as well! See, you can’t think of everything.
Have you decided to change your name now that you are married? If so, here is a list of places you will need to change your name and how to go about doing it. Where possible, I have included links to the websites needed. If you think of any that I have left out let me know in the comments and I will add it in.
Before you begin, you will need to get at least two certified copies of your marriage certificate. One copy will get sent in for your Social Security card and you may need another certified copy for your Driver’s License or passport. Make sure that you make a few copies prior to sending these away as they will most likely not be returned to you.
Two Most Important Changes
- Social Security – You will need to fill out an SS-5 form and mail it in with requested documentation.
- Driver’s License – Google your state name and DMV name change to see what is required in your state.
And here comes the list…
Once you have obtained one of the above, you can begin to make changes on the following:
- Employer – You should contact your Human Resources Department to see what paperwork they will need. Make sure that it gets changed with Payroll, on your W-2, in your email account and on your business cards.
- Post Office – If you haven’t moved, you do not have to change your name with the post office. If you did move, it is important to let them know so that your mail can be forwarded.
- Financial Companies:
- Money Market
- Checking – also get new checks
- Credit Cards – don’t forget department store cards
- Loan accounts
- Retirement Accounts:
- Utility Companies:
- Home phone
- Cell phone
- Life – do you need to change your beneficiary?
- Alumni associations
- Professional organizations
- Wholesale clubs
- Movie rental
- Supermarket discount cards
- Legal documents:
- Will – if you don’t have one, now is a good time to get one.
- Power of attorney
- Living will
- Social Media
- Other changes that need to be made:
Phew – what a list! I didn’t say it was easy. Hopefully this list will help you with your process of changing your name. You can download and print a copy of this name change checklist and get to work.
BTW, it turns out that my maiden name will be carried on for at least one more generation. My sister made the wonderful decision to have a child through artificial insemination and her daughter will use this name.