Signing your marriage license is one of the most underrated parts of the wedding day. And although it’s a lot of fun and super exhilarating, this doesn’t actually change your name… LEGALLY. To legacy change your name, you have a lot of steps that you are going to have to do, before and after the wedding. This is one of the most common questions I see in facebook groups, and I want to make sure this process of legally changing your name is less painful than the Chiefs Super Bowl performance.

Get a copy of your marriage license

In order to change your name, you need an actual copy of your marriage license. When you pick up your marriage license, they will give you an opportunity to have a certified copy mailed out to you. But if you weren’t one of the lucky few, you can go to you same county-clerks office and request an additional copy. You need proof of marriage in order to legally change your name. Put this piece of paper somewhere safe.


Update your Social Security card

The name change wont be official until it passes through a number of channels. Once you have a copy of your marriage license, you will need to visit your local SSA, or Social Security Administration office (or their website), and fill out an application for a new card. You will get to keep your original social security number, but you will need to update your name. Once you either mail in or deliver in person, You should receive a copy of your new social security card within a few weeks.  


After you receive your social secuirty card in the mail, you will have to visit your local DMV to get an updated drivers license with the new list. Make sure you have all the required paperwork and proof of identification before showing up to the DMV. Making an appointment is also another good idea.


You can visit your bank with your new drivers license and marriage certificate. You will also have to get new debit and credit cards, and new personal checks.

Once your name is legally changed, you have a few more steps to complete. You will need to update all your information on basic items such as utilities, rental house, apartments, loan companies, etc..

  • Employers and/or payroll

  • Insurance companies

  • Credit card companies

  • Landlord or mortgage company

  • Doctors’ and dentists’ offices

  • Voter registration

  • Utility companies

Many states might require additional steps, or different ways to change your name. Keep this as a good bases to get you started, but consult the necessary people in your state to make sure you have all the correct information.


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