Name Change Forms
In order to legally change your name you’ll need a few certified copies of your marriage certificate. The county clerk where you received your marriage license can give you these. You should be able to take care of this by phone.
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Social Security Card
A new Social Security card showing your new name will need to be issued to you. Because some of the other agencies will want to see this first it’s best if you obtain your new card before you start the name change process with everyone else. Use form SS-5 and send this in with a certified copy of your marriage certificate. Obtaining a new Social Security card is free, but the Social Security Administration will keep the certified copy of your marriage certificate for their records.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
When you’ve changed your name with the Social Security Administration the IRS automatically changes your name on their records. If you’re moving to a new residence you will need to send form 8822 so that the IRS knows your new address. You don’t want anything having to do with the IRS delayed due to a wrong address.
United States Passport Office
If you’ve gotten married and changed your name within one year of the date your current passport was issued use form DS-5504 to have a new passport issued under your new name. You will need to mail this form in along with a certified copy of your marriage certificate and two new passport photos. You will also need to include your current passport. They will issue you a new passport and return the certified copy of your marriage certificate, all for free. When you mail these documents in please do so with a tracking number so this can be traced if necessary.
However if your current passport was issued to you over a year before you got married then you will need to use form DS-82. This is also the form you will use in the event your passport has expired. You will still need to include a certified copy of your marriage certificate, two new passport photos and this time you will need to include the $75 fee. Do not send cash, use a money order, cashier’s check or personal check. Please send with a tracking number so that if these documents are lost the envelope can be traced.
If your passport has been damaged in any way or if it’s been altered you cannot apply for a new passport by mail. You will need to apply in person.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You will need to show up in person at the DMV in order to change your name on your vehicle registration and driver’s license. In most states you will need to bring in your current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and a certified copy of your marriage certificate. In some states they also want to see your new Social Security card. For some reason you cannot change your name on your vehicle’s title or “pink slip”. For particulars related to the laws in your state visit the DMV website and use the search term “name change”.
You can change your name on your Voter Registration while you are at the DMV. You may notice a place for that on the name change forms for your driver’s license but if it’s not there, ask for the form to change your name on voter registration rolls. You can also download the form to change your name on your voter registration if you go on the internet and search for that using the search term “(your state) voter registration name change form”.
United States Postal Service
There is no legal requirement to change your name with the U.S. Postal Service. However, if you’ve moved to a new residence, you will want to have them forward your mail. You can file a USPS change of address form online at their website.
You will want to inform all the utility companies of your new name. Just send them all the generic utility client name change notice with a copy of your marriage certificate and this should be adequate. You will have an electrical company, a gas company, phone company, the company that provides internet, the cable company, the water company and if you pay for sewer service, that company too. If they have any questions, they will contact you.
You will need to notify your bank, the companies issuing you credit cards, any investment companies you deal with, and the company handling your retirement plan. If you have a mortgage or any other loans, those financial institutions will need to be notified of your name change as well. You can use the generic financial client name change form for all of these companies. Send that along with a copy of your marriage certificate and that should do it. If they have any questions, or need any more documentation they will contact you.
You probably have a number of Insurance Companies that you have policies with and all will need to be informed of your name change. This would include health, dental, automobile (including AAA), homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, and life insurance. If your employer provides you with some of this coverage you can go to the Human Resources office at work and they may be able to take care of this for you. If not or for the policies not provided through your employer, use this generic insurance client name change form to notify everyone. You will also need to provide a copy of your marriage certificate. If any of these companies has any questions or needs more information, they will contact you.
All your doctors will need to be notified of your new name. You can use this generic medical record name change form to notify them by mail. Send in a photocopy of your marriage certificate and that should be adequate. If any one of them needs anything else from you, they will contact you
There are other professionals that you deal with from time to time and they also need to be notified of your name change. You can use this generic name change form to let everyone know. Contact your accountant, attorney, employer and your town clerk or building management to inform them of your new name. If you’re in school, you would want to contact the school’s administrative office. Click here for an easy-to-use checklist of everything you need to do.
- When you notify your bank of your name change you will also want to order new checks.
- If you use return address labels, you will want to order new ones with your new name and address.
- Your Last Will and Testament will need to be updated as well as any other legal contracts you are bound by.
- Get used to writing you new signature.
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