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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Heller

From Miss to Mrs: Time to make it legal!

You did it! You got married. Whoooooo hooooooo! And while you are eager to update those social media handles, there's a much more in depth process to legally change your name.

Sometimes, it can take up to 6 months for everything to be fully transferred over to your new last name. It takes time for each step to be processed and confirmed. For the smoothest possible results, there is a specific order you will need to follow. Here's your checklist for your name change after your wedding!

  1. Get your marriage certificate This is your top priority! After your wedding license is signed by your priest and witnesses, that will get sent into the state for processing. You will be sent your marriage certificate a few weeks after your wedding. This is the legal document that verifies your marriage and will be used many times during your name change process. Keep it handy! Pro Tip: It's a good idea to request at least one extra copy so you can bring one to appointments and also have one safely secured at home.

  2. Get your new Social Security Card Your first name change stop will be with the Social Security Administration. Everything else is linked with your social security number, so this needs to be done before your driver's license and additional identification. You will need to wait until you receive your new card in the mail before you change your name anywhere else. You will keep the same number, but it will now be linked to your new last name. Remember to bring your marriage certificate and a valid photo ID to the appointment!

  3. Get your new driver's license or state ID card (You can also update your voter registration!) Your next stop will be the DMV to get your new driver's license! This is also a good time to update your address if you moved into a new place together. Make sure to check online to see what documents are required. This can vary by state. It's a good idea to bring your new social security card, your current ID, a certified copy of your marriage license and a proof of address (especially if you are updating your address).

  4. Update your vehicle title and registration (consider adding your spouse to your vehicle title and adding yourself to their title) Time for another trip to the DMV! Before heading over, look through the website to review requirements and documentation needed. Again, each state can vary slightly. It typically takes a few weeks for your new title to arrive in the mail.

  5. Update your passport To update your passport you need to fill out a form (based on when your last passport was issued or expired) and mail it in along with your proof of identity, a color photography, and the application fees. This will typically take up to 6 weeks for your new passport to come in the mail. More info can be found here!

  6. Update bank accounts Your bank account will also need to see a copy of your marriage certification and valid ID. If you're adding your spouse to your bank account you will also need be with you.

  7. Request new credit cards Call the number on the back of your credit cards to chat with a representative about updating your name. You will need to provide a copy of your marriage certificate and photo ID. Depending on the card company, you might need to digitally or physically send in that information. Your new cards should come within a few weeks.

  8. Update your name with the Postal Service The Change-Of-Address form is available online! Visit for the info.

Don't forget your personal accounts! Even after being married for 6 months myself, I still find accounts or usernames that need to be updated.

  • Cellphone Account

  • Email accounts (or create a new email with your new last night!)

  • Employer/work info

  • Gym Memberships

  • Home mortgage or lease

  • Insurance

  • Loyalty programs

  • Medical providers

  • Online subscriptions

  • Professional licenses

  • Social media accounts

  • TSA PreCheck and Global Entry

  • Utilities

Pro Tip:

If you're looking for a helpful kit to help with all the official paperwork and checklists, check out NewlyNamed! After you complete a form with your information, they will send you a box of all the paperwork you need for your name change process. You name change process can't get any easier.

xoxo, E

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