How to Change Your Name After Marriage
Congratulations! You just married the love of your life! Now there’s just one thing you need to take care of – the name change – and it's not quite as simple as changing your name on Facebook. I’m going to be honest with you. After I got married, I had no idea how to change my name and procrastinated it a lot longer than I should have. Hopefully, this can help guide you through the process of changing your name after marriage.
*Disclaimer: this is based on regulations given in Gwinnett County, GA. Steps may vary by county and state*
1. Your Marriage Certificate
The first step to starting this process is getting your marriage certificate. Prior to the wedding, don't forget to obtain your marriage license at the courthouse with your fiance. Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the license will be signed by your officiant. It is helpful to have a wedding coordinator or planner ensure that the signing of your license takes place. In some cases, the officiant will take care of mailing the license to get certified, but in other cases it may be your responsibility. This is something to discuss with your officiant beforehand. If you are the one to mail it in, then note that the license may expire within a certain number of days. After your marriage license is processed, the certificate will be available for pickup at the courthouse. The license usually takes a couple weeks to be processed. This is a very important item and will be needed for all the following steps!
2. Your Driver’s License
Once you have your marriage certificate, the next step is changing the name on your driver's license. This can take place at your local DMV. The only paperwork you will need for this is proof of name change, aka your marriage certificate.
3. Social Security Administration
The next place to stop is the Social Security Administration. Just like the DMV, the SSA requires your marriage certificate, as well as an ID in the form of a driver's license, passport, or birth certificate. Prior to going to the SSA, print and fill out the applications for a Social Security card so that you are ready when you arrive. Here is a helpful link to the application: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
4. Bank Accounts
You are almost done! Another important place that will need your attention are your bank accounts. Some banks may require you to have your marriage certificate on hand, as well as some form of ID in order to update your accounts with your new name.
Once these steps are complete your name is officially changed, YAY!
Here is a list of some other areas you will need to correct your name: