Get your marriage license
In order to legally change your last name, you’ll need the original marriage license with the raised seal and your new last name on it. It’s recommended that you have about three copies for your records, so call the clerk’s office where your license was filed to get multiple reprints.
Next up, Social Security card
Fill out the application for a new Social Security card by visiting the Social Security Administration’s website. Don’t worry, you won’t have to bother memorizing a completely new number, the only thing that will change will be your name. Once you’re done filling it out, mail the application in to the local Social Security Administration office. You’ll have your new card in about 10 days.
Department of Motor Vehicles
We know the DMV isn’t exactly near the top of your list of places you want to be, but if you want your last name changed it’s a must. Before you head out, bring every form of identification you can find, like your marriage license, new Social Security card and your old license – you’ll need it all!
If you and your new spouse are planning on leaving the country for a honeymoon or a vacation anytime soon, you’ll want to update your passport. Your driver’s license has to match your passport, so this process is a bit tricky. You must mail your current, valid U.S. passport with a completed form DS-5504, an original copy of your marriage certificate and one recent color photo.
Don’t forget about the others
Items like your driver’s license and Social Security card are the first things to change. However, there are other places that you should switch your last name (but don’t worry, it’s easy).
- Post office
- Credit card companies
- Voter registration
- Doctors’ offices
- Your attorney
- Insurance companies
- Landlord or mortgage company
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