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The Easy Way To Change Your Last Name

Congrats!! You're happily married...and now you are completely freaking out because you just Googled "How do I change my last name, right?" It can be pretty overwhelming, so we made a quick guide to help you through the process.

1. Get your signed marriage license.

Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal. Call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you.

2. Change your Social Security card.

Visit the Social Security Administration's website and fill out the application for a new Social Security card. You'll keep the same number—just your name will be different. Mail in your application to the local Social Security Administration office, or just go through the process while you're there. You should get your new card within 10 business days.

3. Change your license at the DMV.

Take a trip to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new license with your new last name. Bring your current license, your certified marriage certificate and, most importantly, your new Social Security card.

4. Change your bank accounts.

This one's a biggie, especially if you're setting up a joint bank account, or if you have one already set up. The fastest way to change your name at your bank is to go into a branch location, bringing your new driver's license and your marriage certificate. You should request new checks and debit and credit cards on top of changing the name attached to your accounts. Something to note: You might get hit with fees for requesting a new debit card.

5. Fill in the blanks

Once you have a Social Security card and driver's license in your married name, other changes should be fairly easy. Some places only require a phone call; others may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Be sure to notify:


-Post office (if your address has changed too)

-Electric and other utility companies

-Credit card companies

-Schools and alumni associations

-Landlord or mortgage company

-Insurance companies (auto, home, life)

-Doctors' offices

-Voter registration office

-Investment account providers

-Your attorney (to update legal documents, including your will)

-Passport office

-Airlines (to transfer over your miles)

6. Practice. Practice. Practice

Once you've got your new name you're going to want to practice writing your new signature until you don't have to stop and think...wait...I've got a new name!! So, hello lovely! Let's see that signature!

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