Well, here are some great tips that were submitted to us regarding the name change game. If this process has been on your mind, we hope you will find this helpful.
If you plan on changing your last name after you get married, there are a few things to consider before rushing from the altar to the clerk's office. Follow these tips to lower your risk of identity theft and reduce problems when traveling after a name change:
What You Need to Change Your Name
These two steps ensure that you'll continue to receive payment posted to your bank account and that there will be no disruptions to your tax payments. Social Security also paves the way for other agencies to recognize your name change quickly and smoothly, according to the New York Times.
- Change your postal address using the official U.S. Postal Service form
- Change your passport by completing the name change form and mailing in a copy of your marriage certificate
- Change your license by visiting your state's DMV
- Change your name for voter registration so you can continue to vote
If you're heading out on your honeymoon right after the wedding, hold off before changing a passport or license. As the New York Times notes, a new program, SecureFlight, mandates the name on your airline reservation match the name on your identification exactly. You don't want to get held up at the gate if your license shows your married name.
Stay on track with a to-do list that covers everything you need to change. From the mundane gym memberships and and library cards to the more important documents, keeping a list will help you cover all your bases.
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