Changing Your Name

The wedding is over and now you’re married! Congratulations newlyweds! So now what?

Once your Marriage License has been processed and you have received the Certificate of Marriage from the state, then it’s time to change your name. Some choose to enlist a service like “Miss Now Mrs.” but you can certainly do it yourself.

Here’s a list of things that will require your attention:

Social Security is a must on the list of things to do. Below is a link to all the information they will need and the forms you will need to print.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will be next:
Below is a link to their website that tells you what to bring. The applications to change both your license and your vehicle registration are there as well.

Your Passport:
If you are leaving for the Honeymoon right after the wedding, remember to travel with your maiden name, because those with miss matched names don’t fly well… Applications are in the link below for after you get home!

Note: The Passport requires an Original Certificate of Marriage.
Some are uncomfortable sending their only copy on a vacation so soon after receiving it. Me? I always like to have an extra copy of everything “just in case”. If you were married on Long Island or anywhere in New York State other than NYC, here’s your link to get copies.

If you were married in one of the 5 boroughs belonging to the City of New York, Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, here’s your link.

Other Things to Think About

Credit Cards – Bank Accounts – Investment Accounts – Mortgage Company / Landlord / Insurance Policies – Health – Life – Auto

Work Related Information:
For example, changing your status to file jointly next year, adjusting how much is taken out of your check every week, and notifying your health insurance provider.

Utility Bills:
Does this sound like I am micro managing? You’ll need to do this if you are changing your address! Speaking of which…Don’t forget to notify
Post Office – Medical Records – Doctors Offices

Update legal documents, such as Wills

Gym’s – subscriptions – and especially your voter registration (anywhere they may question your ID not matching their files…)

The last thing I am going to mention is that this is a time when a lot of you personal information is in transit. If you are considering and identity theft prevention service such as LifeLock, now might not be a bad time to register.

Finally, don’t destroy that old Driver’s License just yet! But believe it or not, this isn’t as daunting as it looks in print.

You are already on your way!

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