After the Wedding: Changing Your Name
After getting married, most states will allow you to change your name simply by usage. However, you will also need to contact organizations and institutions listed below. Remember, different organizations have different rules regarding name changes.
If an institution is not willing to recognize your new name, you may need to get a court order. Contact your county courthouse for more information.
Here's a starter list of people, companies and organizations to notify about your new name:
Banks and other financial institutions
Credit card companies
Friends and family
Library (for updated library card)
Magazine subscriptions/Other deliveries
Medical providers (doctor, dentist, etc)
Mortgages and leases
Utility and telephone companies
Schools and alumni associations
Social Security: Complete Form SS-5 (available online or at your local Social Security office) and submit evidence of your identity. See the Social Security web site or call (800) 772-1213 for more information.
Stocks and bonds
WHN Tip: Getting Divorced?
Name changing laws may vary by state. Ask your lawyer about name changing procedures and what to do in your state. For more information, go to WHN's Divorce section.
Name Change 101: This wedding planning site offers tips and advice on changing your name. TheKnot is a comprehensive resource for couples seeking information and services to help plan their weddings and their future lives together.
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