FirstThe very first thing you'll want to do is to get certified copies of your marriage certificate. This will come from your local clerk or county office that your marriage license was filed in. Keep in mind, that certified means it will have the official embossed stamp. Once you've sent your original license off to be filed, they will give you the option to purchase a temp with the raised embossment. If you are okay with waiting for a long while to get your name changed, you can wait for it to be mailed to you, otherwise, if you want to get everything signed, sealed, and delivered, buy the temp copy.
SecondStop by your local Social Security Administration office to change your name. Be aware that a trip to the Social Security office can take a significant amount of time, and could be worse at certain times of the day. Don't plan to make this stop when you are short on time with many deadlines. You'll probably want to plan a whole afternoon around this task. The goal is to geta new Social Security card that reflects your new name.
ThirdNow it's time to change your name at the Department of Motor Vehicles. But you can't do this until you receive a new social security card. You'll want your new Drivers License to reflect your new name, but while you're here, you should also remember to change the name on your voter card, as well as your vehicle title if it's already paid off, or if you won't be paying your vehicle off in a while. If you are close to paying off your car, you can wait to change the name on your title so you can update the lien and the name at the same time.
FourthPay a visit to your bank to get your name changed. If you have multiple accounts you'll need to change with them all. This helps keep your identity intact, and the bank will want to see a copy of your marriage license to get the name change complete. Don't forget to also request new checkbooks, debit and credit cards as well.
FifthChange your name on your passport. Keep in mind, this step can take a while, and it can also affect your honeymoon. In fact, if you take your honeymoon immediately following your marriage, you'll actually want to book your plane tickets in your original maiden name, or the name that matches your driver's license and passport (should it be required). Pro tip: If you don't have a passport yet, but you're getting one for your honeymoon, you will have to get it with your maiden name, BUT, you can send it back to be edited with your NEW name within one year of getting your passport. Check the directions on the government website for submitting your passport and paying and necessary fees for the full details. You will most likely need your social security card, marriage license, and birth certificate to accomplish this.
SixthChange your name with your place of employment. They will need to adjust your W-2, W-4, and deductions in order to get your name updated. This allows you to get paid, so it's an important step.
SeventhFinally, you'll want to change your name and address (if applicable) with the United States Postal Service. Then take a look at any other places that it would be necessary, such as online shopping sites, magazine subscriptions, etc. Keep in mind that PayPal does require a copy of your marriage license in order to update your name.
Congratulations, Mrs ...We can't wait to call you by your new name! It won't be long until your wedding date arrives and you get to update your last name. Until then, it's time to keep planning, booking your vendors, and making your day amazing. If you haven't selected a wedding venue in Colorado Springs yet, we would be honored if you would come tour the Historic Pinecrest. Our mountain chapel in Colorado Springs is breathtaking, and our Colorado Springs event center is spacious and perfect for your event. We look forward to working with you, and Happy New Year!
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