Congratulations... you did it! You're married! So, you might ask... now what? One of the most common questions we are asked is how does one go about changing their last name after the wedding. It's a simple process, really. You just have a few things you need to do on your end!
First of all, do not change your last name until after the honeymoon. Your first and last name must match the name on file for your passport, for instance. Also, you absolutely cannot go about changing your last name until you receive the certified marraige certificate in the mail (this takes about one week after your wedding to arrive). Otherwise, you can start the process whenever you want and should do this within one year of getting married.
Once you're ready to officially change your last name (yay!), here is what you need to do:
- Social Security: First, you'll need to visit your local Social Security Administration office. No, this is not the same thing as the DMV! Before you go, fill out a name-change application by visiting socialsecurity.gov -- You'll also need to bring a copy of your marriage certificate, too. You can also do this online and mail your application in if you want to avoid the long lines! Tip: Word on the street is that the lines aren't as long if you visit on a Wednesday afternoon
- DMV: Next, take a trip to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and don't forget your original (or certified) marriage license as this document will serve as verification to switch your name on your driver's license.
- Other: Once you have your new and improved license and social secutity card in hand, you can start working on updating your last name for some of the following items:
- Bank accounts
- Electric and other utility companies
- Credit card companies
- Mortgage or rental company
- Student loan providers
- Medical providers
- Voter registration office
- Post office
- ...and more!
If you have further questions, feel free to drop us a note!