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How to Change Your Name When You Get Married

How to change your name when you get married

As with so many legal matters, the rules change by municipality, so check with your local city hall. But generally, the steps you should take are:

Before the wedding

·         Tell your job so they can start the process of changing your email address, and your business cards.

·         Tell your bridesmaids and family that you're changing it, just in case anyone checks with them before getting anything monogrammed.

·         Make your honeymoon reservations using your MAIDEN name. You won't have a passport or drivers license in your new name yet, so you'll need your tickets to match your documentation.

After the wedding

·         Get a new social security card
Once you get your marriage license (which usually takes a couple of weeks to arrive in the mail), download a form from the Social Security website. Then take that completed form, the license and your identification to your local social security office to get a new card. (if you've gotten creative with your last name, you may also need to go through more formal name change procedures.)

·         Get a new drivers license
You'll also want to change your name on the other main form of identification – your drivers license. Most DMVs will change it with a copy of a marriage certificate, although others require you to wait until your social security card has been changed. Check with your local DMV for their rules.

·         Change that paperwork
Visit your office's HR department again with your new social security card to change your name on financial information, including your tax deductions. You'll want to be credited properly with those deductions come tax time, and with your social security contributions when you retire.

For everyone else, including bank, insurance policies, credit cards, utilities, creditors, and membership organizations, type up a letter with all of your information on it, including name, address, new name, account number, and possibly your social security number, and include a copy of your marriage license. No one should charge you money to change your name. To help keep your organized, here's a printable name change checklist.

Don't forget to order new checks and credit cards!

·         Government Agencies

___ Social Security Administration - social security card
___ Department of Motor Vehicles - driver's license, car title and registration
___ Voter Registration – some states allow you to change voter registration at the DMV
___ State Department – US Passport

·         Work and employment

___ Employer – w4 forms, 401k, insurance, benefits, email, business cards, name plate, work website
___ Unions and professional organizations, including State Bar and professional licenses
___ Personal professional website- especially for freelancers

·         Banks

___ Checking accounts, checks, and bank cards
___ Savings and money market accounts, CDs
___ Credit Cards
___ Assets such as property titles, deeds, trusts
___ Debts such as mortgages and loans
___ Investment accounts, including IRAs, and 401ks if not through your employer

·         Home

___ Homeowners or renters insurance
___ Landlord
___ Home owners association or management agency
___ Utilities – electric, gas, water, telephones, internet, cable

·         Medical

___ Doctor, Dentist, Ob-Gyn, Therapists, Counselors

·         Other Legal Documents

___ Health proxy
___ Will

·         Social Media and Internet

___ Facebook
___ Twitter
___ Myspace
___ LinkedIn
___ Flickr