Congrats! You took the big step! You’re now a married lady! Before you relax into your marital bliss though, you have an important step to take. It’s time to change your name. This task can be daunting at time, since most people have never done it before. Plus, you just got done planning a wedding, the last thing you want to do is put out a bunch more work! This guide will help you get through the name change with as little pain and effort as possible.
The most important thing to have with you is an official copy of your marriage license. Chances are that everyone is going to want to see it. Other than that, just head out armed with all your personal information.
Your first step is to go to the nearest social security office. You can find your nearest branch by going here: secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp
All you have to do is enter your zip code. Once you get to the office, they will ask you a few simple questions, and have you sign. They will give you a paper showing proof of your name change and send you on your way. You should receive your card in about two weeks.
Your next stop should be the Secretary of State. Here you can get an updated license and voter’s registration card. This may also be a good time to decide if you want to be an organ donor if you aren’t already. That way, if your spouse is with you, they know how you feel too in case anything happens. If you live in Michigan, you can find your nearest branch here:
They will have you fill out a form and go through similar questions that you did at the last office. They will also take a new picture. They will clip the corner from your old license and attach it to a temporary paper id. Your license and voter’s registration card should be along in two weeks too.
The next person you want to talk to is your employer. Chances are that they pay you using information from the social security office. They will want to update your name right away so you can get paid. This is also a good time to explore insurance options. Many employers give you a thirty day window after marriage in which to update insurance.
Your next step is to head to the bank. Your bank account will probably need to be updated. This may not apply if you are transferring to a new joint account, but may make a difference if you already have one or are keeping your own accounts. The bank will want to update your name so it is consistent with your identification and employer.
The next step is the least important, all the miscellaneous stuff. Any medical offices, magazine subscriptions, web memberships and the like. Anything that has your old name. This can happen gradually as you visit doctors, receive mail and visit websites.
It’s just that simple! A couple of hours, some mini road-trips and a bit of paperwork and your name is changed. Now, back to the marital bliss!