How to Change Your Last Name After the Wedding

Legally changing your last name is one planning detail that has to wait until after the wedding. And just because you have a marriage license doesn’t mean you automatically have a new last name. So before you start the process, learn about the important steps that you’ll need to take.

1. Get your Marriage License

In order to change your last name, you will need to have the original, certified marriage license (with the raised seal and your new last name on it). If you didn’t receive a copy of the marriage license after the wedding, contact your clerk’s office where the license was filed and submit a request.

2. Change your Social Security Card

Fill out the application for a new Social Security card by visiting the Social Security Administration’s website. Once you complete the application, you should receive your new card within 10 business days. The updated card will display your new name but the same social security number as before.

3. Change your Driver’s License at the DMV

Visit your local DMV office to get a new license with your new last name. Bring every form of identification you can find, including your old license, your certified marriage license and your new Social Security card.

4. Change Bank Account Information

This one’s a big deal, especially if you and your spouse will (or already have) set up a joint account. The quickest way to change your name on all banking records is to visit your local branch location and bring your new driver’s license and marriage license. Ask for new checks and debit/credit cards as well as a name change on all your accounts.

5. Other Entities to Notify

Once you receive your new driver’s license and social security card in your married name, changes in other areas should be a fairly easy. While some changes may be as simple as logging into an online account or making a quick phone call, others may require a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card as proof. Entities that should be notified include:

• Employers (for payroll purposes)

• Post office

• Utility companies (electric, gas, water, etc.)

• Credit card companies

• Schools and alumni associations

• Landlord or mortgage company

• Insurance companies (health, vision, dental, auto, home, life etc.)

• Doctors’ offices

• Voter registration office

• Investment account providers

• Your attorney (to update legal documents, including your will)

• Passport office

• Cellphone company

• Student loans

• Club memberships

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