How to Navigate the Name Change Process After Your Wedding

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Congratulations on tying the knot! Now that the celebrations are over and you have your marriage license in hand, it’s time to tackle the task of changing your name. However, having the license doesn’t automatically update your name everywhere. To help you navigate this process smoothly, here’s a comprehensive list of places where you may need to update your name:

  1. DMV: Update your name on your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and title.
  2. Social Security Card: Visit the Social Security Administration to officially change your name on your card.
  3. Post Office: Notify the post office of your new name for any mail forwarding or address changes.
  4. Passport: Apply for a new passport with your updated name if you plan on traveling internationally.
  5. Bank Accounts: Update your name on checks, ATM cards, and any other banking documents.
  6. Credit Cards: Contact your credit card companies to request name changes on your cards.
  7. Professional License: If applicable, update your name on any professional licenses you hold.
  8. Loans: Inform lenders of your name change for student loans, mortgages, and personal loans.
  9. HR Department: Update your name with your employer’s HR department for insurance and 401(k) purposes.
  10. Voter Registration: Update your voter registration information with your new name.
  11. Utilities: Notify utility companies like gas, electric, and cable of your name change.
  12. Cell Phone Provider: Update your name with your cell phone provider.
  13. Doctor’s Offices: Inform your healthcare providers of your name change for medical records.
  14. Memberships: Update your name with gym memberships, alumni associations, and reward cards.
  15. Subscriptions: Update your name for magazine subscriptions, newspapers, and online services.
  16. Paypal: Update your name on your Paypal account if you use it for transactions.
  17. Social Networks: Update your name on social media platforms.
  18. Library: Update your name with your local library if you have a membership.
  19. Airlines: Transfer over your miles and update your name with any airline loyalty programs.
  20. Attorney: Update legal documents, including your will, with your new name.

By systematically updating your name across these various platforms, you’ll ensure a smooth transition into your new marital status. Remember, while the process may seem daunting at first, taking it one step at a time will make it manageable. Congratulations again on your marriage journey!

photograph by Andrew Franciosa