So you just got married and you’ve decided to change your name. How do you go about it? I’ve had a few friends ask for advice on the best ways to go about changing their last names once they are married. Most people complain about the process but if you have the right documents and send in everything on time, it should be an easy process.
- First and foremost, make a few copies of your marriage license. You will be sending them in for your new Social Security card and new Driver’s license so have a few on hand.
- Apply for your new Social Security Card. Simply go online to the SSA website and print this form. Fill out the parts needed and provide either a copy of your birth certificate or actual passport and a copy of your Driver’s license. Mail it in to your local Social Security office and you should receive your new card in 2-3 weeks.
- Next is the long dreaded DMV visit. You can make this visit as quick and painless as possibly. The key to mastering the DMV wait is to get there before they open. The local DMV I go to opens at 8am so I usually get there at 7:45am and people are usually starting to line up by then. It takes about ten minutes to print a new id as long as you have your new SS card and current driver’s license.
If you chose to change your name, remember to change it on other things like your car title, postal services and even insurance. The process can be a pain but if you gather your documents required and get to places like the DMV early, it can be super simple. Once you receive that new driver’s license you’ll feel giddy seeing your new last name officially listed as it should be. congratulations, Mrs.! Welcome to the married life!