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  • Writer's pictureLeslie - Practical Wifey

Where to Change Your Name After Marriage

Updated: Jan 16

Congratulations! You're either married or getting married and if you're reading this, you might be thinking about taking your new spouse's last name. If you haven't thought about where to change your name after marriage, fear not, I have just the list for you!

Don't stress too much though. You can and will get everything changed!

Where to Change Your Name After Marriage

Social Security

First things first. Social Security. Yes, go ahead and mentally prepare to take a number and wait your turn.

Driver's License

Throw on some mascara and lip gloss because it's time to update your driver's license! While you're all dolled up, don't forget to get a new passport, too.

Bank Accounts

Don't forget to take your new social security card, driver's license, and marriage certificate!

At this point, you're probably questioning why you wanted to change your name legally. I definitely did.

Voter Registration

While you're on a roll with changing your last name, go ahead and update your voter registration. There are many easy ways you can do this including online or by mail. Click here to learn more about how you can update.

Election mail envelopes

Car Title

I'm including this because if you're like me, you might not think of this right away. You basically have to "sell your car to yourself".

Depending on how your state's tag office laws, this could be painless or it could make you feel dead inside. Okay, that might be a little dramatic...


Ah, your favorite part of adulthood - insurance. It's important to get this updated so you can get your new name on your insurance cards sooner than later.

Credit Cards

All this usually takes is a phone call to your credit card company. You'll be back to swiping your favorite piece of plastic in no time.

hand holding four credit cards

Rent, Mortgage, and Utilities

Yep, another important thing to update. I'll let Michael Scott tell you how fun this whole process is... ;)

Tell Your Employer

Last, but not least - let your employer know of your marriage and name change. You will likely need to update some paperwork, too.

tax withholding documents placed next to a cup of coffee


To conclude, be prepared to take your marriage certificate, social security card and driver's license with you to many places to prove your identity and change your name after marriage.

Now that the dirty work is done, it's back to the magical marital bliss! This is such an important season in your life, so make sure to enjoy it!

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