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When to Change Your Name After Marriage

Changing Your Name: When and Where to Make the Shift


Once you know — in a formal sense — how to change your name after marriage, it can be difficult to keep up with all the extra steps: who to tell, which documents to change, which groups you need to notify. To make things easier, we've come up with a short, simple list that you can reference postwedding. Not sure where to start? Here's what you need to consider:

When to Change Your Name

  • Your name can be changed only once you've received a certified marriage license with a raised, authentic seal.
  • For travel purposes, it's best to wait until after your honeymoon, because the name on your passport needs to match the name on your ticket and extra travel documents.

Who to Notify
In addition to changing your passport, drivers license, Social Security card, and other official documents, you also need to address the following:

  • Bank and credit card companies
  • Home utilities companies
  • Post office
  • Human resources department
  • Business cards
  • Leases, mortgages, or rental information
  • Insurance policies
  • Medical groups: Doctor, dentist, etc.
  • Professional associations and licenses
  • School records
  • Gym membership
  • Airlines and frequent flyer programs
  • Email address
  • Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Personal or professional website
  • Magazine subscriptions

Don't forget to share the news with friends and family, too! Whether you're into a subtle announcement or something a bit more formal, here are seven ways to tell people that you changed your name.

Have you changed yours? Share any tips or suggestions in the comments below!

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