When you get married does your last name automatically change?
No. You have to officially change your name.
Can I do it myself?
Yes, you can. You'll need to obtain certified copies of your Marriage Certificate.
The first step is to visit your local Social Security Administration (SSA) and apply for a new Social Security Card. There is no charge for a new Social Security Card.
The next step is to apply for a new Drivers License from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There is a charge for a new Drivers License.
You'll then need to contact other organizations, agencies, and offices, etc. that have your old name on file to continue the name change process.
Can I use a marriage name changing service or kit for brides?
Yes. A name changing service will save you the time spent in having to do a lot of research because they will provide you all the forms, addresses etc you need to change your name.
All you will have to do after filling out the forms is to print, file, and pay some fees if it is required. For the name changing kit, follow the instructions that it comes with.
Is it worth it to pay a marriage name changing company?
Only if you do not have the time to do it yourself or you live far away from your DMV and/or SSA office.
Do l need to hire a lawyer?
No. However, if you feel you need to communicate with a lawyer before changing your name, do so. Your circumstances could be different from others.
Do l have to go to court to change my name after getting married?
No. However if you are changing your name to a name that is completely new, you will need a court order.
What should l do if I see an error after l receive my name change results?
Contact the Agencies or places you applied to have your name changed immediately. Politely tell them about the errors and ask them how you can make the corrections.
How long after the wedding do l have to change my name?
As of today, there isn’t a set time limit, however, the earlier you do it, the better. You can change your name any time after you get married and have your marriage certificate.
What documents do l need to change my name on first?
Your Social Security card, drivers license, passport, post office address, and bank accounts. After these all the other accounts that have your old name.
Can I keep my maiden name after marriage?
Do l need to officially change my name if l am hyphenating?
Yes, because a hyphenated name is legally considered a new name.
When should l change my name?
After you receive your marriage certificate.
Can l change my last name to something different from my husband’s last name?
Yes. You will need a court order for your name change. Call your state to determine the best way to do it because it varies from state to state.
Do I need to change my name with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
If you have already changed your name with the SSA, you do not need to do this step. The SSA will notify IRS of your name change within 10 days of updating your social security information.
However, verify with the IRS to make sure they have your name changed in their systems.
What is the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate?
A marriage license is a legal document you need to get married.
A marriage certificate is a legal document you need as proof you are married.
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