Name Change Guidelines
Tips For Changing Your Last Name After You're Married
Dear April Masini,
I just got married and am so happy to be Mrs. Carleton. The only problem is, I won't officially be Mrs. Carleton until I legally change my name--it sounds like such a complicated process. Do you have any tips or advice I should follow when going through the name-changing process? Who should I notify?"
No Longer a Miss
April Masini's Advice :
Dear No Longer a Miss,
The wedding was a hit. The honeymoon was blissful. The ring on your finger looks divine. You're married and in the relationship of your dreams. Now it's time to get down to business: Change your name.
Here are some guidelines for changing your name:
- Change your name AFTER you are married. No one will change it before you are legally married.
- Xerox a copy of your wedding certificate. Make about 25 copies and keep them in a drawer. Many institutions require a copy of this. Be prepared to send them out with your name change request.
- The first place to change your name is your social security number. The second place is your driver's license.
A short list of those to notify for your name change include:
- Health insurance. (If your health insurance company contracts out to prescription and mental health benefit subcontractors, make sure they each receive your new information.)
- Mortgages and rental agreements.
- Car insurance companies. Some states will not allow you to keep two different car insurance policies with two different companies if you are married.
- Auto Club.
- Health Clubs and other clubs.
- Credit cards.
- Driver's license and car registration.
- Your employer's human resource or personnel office.
- Credit card companies.