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Steps to Changing Your Name

October 17, 2013

Most people are never really sure what the proper steps are in the name changing process, and it can be quite confusing if you have no real guidance. We decided to make it a little easier for you. Below is a step by step instruction on how to properly change your name without all the researching hassle.

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Step 1: Obtain your Marriage License

Before you can even begin your name changing process. You must obtain your certified marriage license with the raised state seal on it. This should take about 6-8 weeks to arrive in the mail; it will be sent automatically by the state. Every company you change your name with will ask for this document.

Step 2: Change your Social Security Card

Once you have your certified marriage license, you need to obtain a new social security card. Most people think they have to get a whole new number and card, when in actuality all you are doing is changing the name on your current card. You will need to go to the Social Security Administrations Website to fill out the necessary paperwork, and then visit your local Social Security Administration to apply for a new social security card. Your new card should arrive in the mail in about 10 business days.

Step 3: Change your license at the DMV

You must wait until you receive your new social security card before heading down to the DMV. You will need all forms of identification for this process. Bring with you: your certified marriage license, your new social security card, your old license, and your birth certificate. While at the DMV you can also fill out a new voters registration card, which will be mailed to you along with your new Drivers License.

Step 4: Change your bank accounts

This is an important step, especially if you have a joint account already set up. The quickest way to change your bank account information is to visit your local bank branch. They can sit with you, and change everything right then and there. You will need to bring with you; your certified marriage license, your new social security card, and your new drivers license. Make sure to request new checks, debit card, and credit cards.

Step 5: Change your name with everyone else

This should be a relatively easy process. Most other places will only request a phone call, and others will request to see your certified marriage license and social security card in person or by mail. Here are a few places people often forget about:

  • Employers/Payroll
  • Utility Companies
  • Other Credit Card Companies
  • Alumni Associations
  • Your Landlord, or Mortgage Company
  • All Insurance Companies; Car Insurance, Renters Insurance, Life Insurance, etc.
  • Obtain A New Passport
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • All Investment Accounts; 401k’s, Roth IRA’s, Stock Accounts
  • Update Your Will
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