Changing Your Name After Marriage
Congratulations Miss, now soon-to-be Mrs. NewLastName! You found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and if you’re at this website, then chances are fairly good you’re wondering how to change your last name legally. We promise not to waste any of your time. For your free marriage name change, click on your state below to get all the forms and information you’ll need to change your name. If you want to save tons of time and have a name-change professional service take care of it for you, simply select the premium name change service option.
We’ve helped almost one million people change their name, and here are the most common name change after marriage options that people tend to go with: (1) change their current middle name to their maiden name, and take their spouse’s last name (for example, Kim Noel Kardashian would become Kim Kardashian West after marrying Kanye), (2) hyphenate your maiden name and last name (so following our same example, Kim would be named Kim Noel Kardashian-West), or (3) simply take your husband’s last name (so, Kim becomes Kim Noel West). There are other options, but we got you covered with whatever you decide. With any of these after-marriage name change options, there are tons of paper work. We provide you with simplified instructions and links to the forms where there available, to help you change to your new married name.
If you are changing your name or a minor’s name for any other reason, you should get started at our Legal Name Change page
Legal Marriage Name Change Details
If you are recently married, and have a marriage license, then your legal name change is already taken care of. Your marriage license can serve as a legal name change document. (If you do not already have a legal name change document, visit our Legal Name Change page.) However, the legal name change is only the first step. You now have to notify government organizations and other agencies of your name change to make it official.
There are several steps in the name change process. First, you need to obtain a legal name change document. This can be accomplished via a marriage certificate or divorce decree. However if you are changing your name or a child’s name for any other reason, you need to obtain a legal name change document from the court.
Name Change Tips and Help
￼First, make sure that you put in your Marriage License that you’re changing your name. Many states have this option and doing this will ensure that your Marriage Certificate has the required name change language. You’ll be using your Marriage Certificate as the “legal evidence” that your name has changed when notifying the relevant government agencies. As such, this is a very important step.
Another important, and often left-out name-change tip, is that you should just about always change your name with the Social Security Administration first. They will notify the IRS of your name change, and you’ll generally need to show your NEW social security card when you go to your DMV. Please, please, please. Don’t waste your time standing in line at the DMV only for them to tell you that you need to come back! Start with the Social Security Administration.
Lastly, never start the process when you’re planning a trip. As you know, the security at airports is crazy these days. You do not want your airplane ticket to have a different name than your license, or passport. Some of these identification documents can take several weeks to be mailed to you, so don’t cause yourself the extra stress. Enjoy your maiden name, go on the trip, then change it when you get back. We’ll be here waiting. Promise. Click on your state below for free information on how to get started with your Marriage Name Change!