April 11, 2019
Michelle and I have been really excited to create a lot of amazing new educational pieces for our bride to be readers! Now, blushing bride, you are dedicating a lot of time to reading blogs upon blogs to figure out you desire for your dream wedding! You have been planning away and don’t worry, your wedding will be gorgeous! But we have to bring up a topic that isn’t really mentioned…changing your name after you are married! (We also are working a few other educational blog posts about honeymooning out of the states so keep your eyes open for that coming soon!)
So where do you even begin when you return back from your honeymoon and you are getting all of your things back to move into together? That is why we are here to help! Now before you grab out a notebook to write all of this down, we have a surprise for you at the bottom!
Get A Copy Of Your Marriage License
They won’t send you a copy of it (typically in NC, but it could be different in your state) so just get a copy of it and have it on hand!
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. You should get your new card within 10 business days.
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 every form of identification you can get your hands on—your old license, your certified marriage license and, most importantly, your new Social Security card.
Change Your Bank Account
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 license. 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.
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:
Credit Card Companies
Insurance Companies (Auto, Home, Life)
Voter Registration Office
Investment Account Providers
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