What Does A Bride Need To Do About Changing Her Name?

Research shows that more women are taking their husbands names after marriage.  Here is a checklist to follow in order to take on his name:

Marriage License– This is the mot necessary step because you won’t be able to change your name at all without this document.

Driver’s License– You’ll have to take your marriage license and current driver’s license to the DMV to get a new one issued with your new name.

Social Security Card– The Social Security Administration has specific requirements for issuing a new card- you’ll need a new application, proof of citizenship, legal name change, proof of identity, and proof of your old name.  Visit their website for examples of accepted documentation.

Your Company’s Human Resources Department– Your employer reports your Social Security payments so you need to make sure to take this step immediately following your name change with Social Security.

Passport– The requirements vary whether you received your passport within a year of marriage or more than a year.

Miscellaneous– Online accounts, credit cards, bank and brokerage accounts, 401(k)…basically, anything you can think of that has your old name on it!

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