Post-Wedding Name Change Process
You've googled how to do this, right? Still confused? Thought so.
License, Social Security, Banks, Credit Cards.... the list goes on! Buckle up... here is your step by step resource for changing your name after the big day!
Step 0: Apply for marriage license (1 month prior to your wedding, in the COUNTY you will be married in). The county will mail you your actual license needed on your wedding day.
Step 1: GET HITCHED!
Step 2: Your officiant, Presiest, Pastor, etc will make sure your marriage license is signed by the newlyweds, witnesses and themself and mail the completed form to the address provided. (Register of Deeds in the county where the ceremony was performed)
*YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING UNTIL YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE IS PROCESSED AT THE COUNTY LEVEL AND MAILED BACK TO YOU. This is the moment, many feel they have done something wrong*
Fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card
Take or mail your application AND official marriage license to your local Social Security office.
*Now you wait again... Social Security will mail you your new Social Security card. (YAY! it's now 'official official')
Step 4: I would suggest purchasing additional marriage licenses (the first one is free), it's always beneficial to have a few copies
Step 5: Off to the DMV you go! Take along your license with maiden name, birth certificate, new social security card and the name change application (you can find this on your local DMV website). *If you are changing addresses on your ID as well, bring 2 pieces of mail as proof of address (ex. utility bill, insurance policy)
When you leave the DMV they will give you a temporary license, yupppp you will have to wait on the mail yet again for your real license.
Step 6: Off to the bank you go! If you are just changing your name, take your new ID and marriage license. If you would like your significant other to be added to your bank account they will need to be present as well. *Each bank is slightly different with their process
Step 7: Update your other accounts! I'm sure Facebook was the first thing you changed anyway! ;)
Congrats, Newlywed! YOU DID IT!