One thing that can put a damper on your post-wedding buzz is all the confusion that comes with changing your maiden name to your new married name. Sure, the actual process of changing your name is pretty simple, but then you're faced with having to change your personal information basically everywhere (*cue the freak out*).
Figuring out where to start and trying to remember everything you need to do when you get a new last name can be daunting, so we've made a handy to-do list for you. The easiest thing to do is to start with your legal obligations first — the stuff that must have your correct, up-to-date name on it — before tackling the more fun stuff, like social media. Work your way down the following list so that you can officially start living that Mrs. life!
- Update your social security information. You'll keep the same number but your name will be changed on your new card.
- Change your driver's license. To do this, you'll need your current license, your marriage certificate, and your new updated social security card.
- Get a new passport.
- Change your name on any bank accounts that you have.
- Get new credit or debit cards.
- If you use checks, order new ones.
- Make sure your work place has a note of your name change for wage and tax purposes.
- Update your information on the electoral register.
- If you have a pension or mortgage, both of these will need to be updated with your current name.
- Any bills or direct debits that you pay will need a note of the change.
- Do you pay for breakdown coverage on your car? If so, give them a call and update your details.
- Notify all of your doctors' offices.
- Update any membership details, like gyms or magazine subscriptions.
- If you want to, update your personal and work email addresses.
- And lastly, change all the social media sites you use to display your new last name.