How to Change Your Name Checklist | Charlotte Wedding Planner Tips

If you’ve decided to change your name after you’re married, the process can seem a little daunting. But let’s be real, it is also really exciting! I always think of this process as a tangible representation that you are becoming one with your new husband! Think about all the cute new ways you can sign your name! We here at Magnificent Moments are all about making things easy, so we thought we would create a simple checklist to make sure you cover all of the bases!

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Get Your Marriage License

You’ll need the original and certified version of your marriage license with the raised seal. This should’ve been sent to you in the mail, but if not, check with the Clerk’s office where you received your license. Remember, the marriage license alone isn’t enough to officially change your name,

Change your Social Security Card

Once you’ve obtained your marriage license, the next crucial step is changing your social security card. The next steps in changing your name cannot be completed without the changed card. Fill out the SS-5 application form.

Change your License at the DMV

Grab a good book or magazine because you’ll need to go in-person to your DMV! Bring with you your marriage license, updated social security card, and your current driver’s license or state-issued identification.

Change your Bank Accounts

The quickest way to change your bank accounts is to visit your bank branch in person. Again, bring your marriage license, new license, and your bank account numbers. If you’re setting up a new joint bank account, you’ll need to request new checks and debit cards as well. Unfortunately, there may be fees included with this.

Fill in the Blanks

Lastly, there may be a few other areas that may need to be informed of your name change. Some may only take a phone call! Make sure you have your marriage license and new social security card on hand to ensure a simple and easy process.

Here are some places you might need to contact:

Post Office
Passport Office
Employers/Payroll
Voter Registration
Car Title
Credit Card Companies
Insurance companies (auto, life, health, etc.)
Landlord or Mortgage company

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Overwhelmed? Check out, HitchSwitch and MissnowMrs, these amazing websites offer packages to help complete the steps in a simple way.

This process can defiantly be one of the more difficult and time consuming ones of the marriage process. If it takes several months or even a year, you’re not alone! This is a process that won’t begin until after your wedding day, so don’t sweat it until after you say “I do”!

Want more help planning your big day?  Contact Magnificent Moments Weddings, we can help with all your wedding details big and small!

Best Wishes,
Joelle