The big day is here and gone and after the surreal excitement of your wedding day, it is time to consider an exciting legal change: Your last name. Whether you are taking your spouse’s last name or hyphenating, changing your name can seem like a long and daunting process. Instead of feeling like it is something that has to get done right away, take changing your name one step at a time and don’t stress – or allow anyone to get you upset – about the process.
Before you start calling credit card companies and your local bank, wait until you receive your official marriage certificate in the mail. You will have to bring this certificate with you or send a copy to most places to change your name, so do yourself a favor and ask for a second copy to tote around.
Get started by changing the most important documents first, beginning with your Social Security Card. This process can be completed in person or by mail and along with the completed application you will need your marriage certificate, driver’s license or passport and your birth certificate of certificate of citizenship to do so.
Once you have your updated card, you can head to the DMV to make changes to your driver’s license, voter registration and vehicle title/registration. Bring your current license, a certified copy of your marriage certificate and form of payment along with you.
When your new license comes in the mail, begin making the switch to your bank accounts, loans and mortgages, credit cards, utility companies and memberships. Some of these, like bank accounts and mortgages are more important than magazine subscriptions and membership, so leave those for last and don’t let them stress you out.
For couples heading off on their honeymoon right after the big day, we recommend booking travel under your maiden name and waiting until your return to make changes to your driver’s license and passport. Your photo ID must match your boarding pass at the airport, so be sure to book accordingly to avoid any unforeseen bumps on the way to paradise.
While the process of changing your name may seem stressful, try to be patient and look at it as an excuse to show off your new rings and practice your new signature. When you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, reward yourself with an adorable new monogrammed clutch or set of stationary!