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How to Go about Changing Your Name after Marriage



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Changing your name after marriage is an age-old tradition that’s followed almost all over the world. Officially, the wife changes her last name to the husband’s last name after marriage. However, this decision depends entirely on the woman as changing your name after marriage isn’t obligatory legally or ethically. Only if you as the new wife wish to conduct a change of your last name should you follow the steps to changing your name after marriage. Now, if you have really decided to change your name after marriage, it’s time for you to read on and follow the steps below on how you can go about changing your name after marriage.

Step 1: The process of changing your name after marriage starts with filing a change of name in the Social Security office. Visit the website of the Social Security Administration, print out their forms for change of name and fill them up correctly. Take the forms with your social security card to the Social Security Office. Don’t forget to bring your marriage license, passport and driver’s license for proof of identity. The SSA will give you a temporary card that you can use while you are waiting for the new card, which will be delivered to you within ten days of filing the change of name.

Step 2: Another important part of changing your name after marriage is to change your name in your driver’s license. Just go to the local office of the Department of Motor Vehicles with your driver’s license, your temporary social security ID and your marriage certificate or license. You need all these so the Department of Motor Vehicles will grant your request for a change of name.

Step 3: The final part of changing your name after marriage is to convey to your family and friends that you have changed your name. In addition, you should also notify institutions that you are associated with, such as credit card companies, banks, insurance companies, passport office, mobile companies, your current employers, etc. Don’t forget to notify you family and friends about your change of name too.

The procedure of changing your name after marriage varies from one state to another and hence, you should first confirm the procedure with your local authorities. Changing your name after marriage is such a big decision and this has to be implemented effectively otherwise, legal issues may arise.

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