Here’s to Firsts: Changing Your Name When You Get Married

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here's to firsts: changing your name when you get married

I know you all probably think that wedding planning is this crazy busy time and that everything will slow down and get easier after the big day. Well, I’m here to tell you that although it might not be busy to the same degree, you’ll still find yourself juggling quite a few things after you tie the knot.

There’s actually quite the epic list of post-marital tasks that you’ll have to set aside time to tackle. After the big day, your largest to-do list item will be getting your name changed (if you’re planning to do that.) There are sooooo many steps that you’ll have to take to get your name legally changed, not to mention the never-ending list of places who’ll have to be notified of your name change.

Since we’re celebrating all of life’s firsts in this series, let’s celebrate your name change, first-timer! (I’m just going to go ahead and guess that this is your first time changing your name… so I wanted to walk you through everything you need to know and what to do!)

✔️ Married Name Change Checklist ✔️

How to change your name when you get married:

1. Get your marriage license.

Before you can change your name, you’ll need your original marriage license (or a certified copy). Most states will mail you the final copy after it’s been processed, which is typically about a month post-wedding.

2. Change your Social Security card.

Take your marriage license to the Social Security office to get your new Social Security card. You can download the required form, the SS-5, along with instructions, from the Social Security Administration’s website:

3. Change your license at the DMV.

Once you’ve got your Social Security card, you can then take it to the DMV to get your driver’s license updated. You’ll need your marriage certificate and new Social Security card to update your driver’s license. If you’ve moved to a new address, don’t forget to bring proof of address as well. You can then also update your Passport.

4. Change your bank accounts, update all bills, insurance policies, etc.

You’ll need to notify quite a few people, businesses, and places about your new name. Here are just a few to keep in mind: your bank, your job, your mortgage company, any property titles, car titles or leases, all credit cards, investment accounts, insurance policies, utility companies, your doctors, your gym membership, alumni association, and voter registration. Whew!

See, I told you there were alot of things you had to do! But at the end of all the running around, making phone calls and updating, you’ll be officially official with your new married name! So take a moment to celebrate and enjoy that accomplishment and start practicing your new signature. *wink!* Congrats on this big milestone!

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Need more name-changing help? Download this printable checklist over on the Allstate blog:

Changing Your Name: The New Bride’s Checklist

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Are you changing your name when you get married? Why or why not?

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to help protect your firsts and the moments in between. Share your firsts with #HeresToFirsts

Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here

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