So you've picked up your marriage license with your new last name; unfortunately, this doesn't mean you've officially changed your name. I hate to break it to you, but the next part includes a couple long lines and a few trips to places you'd rather not visit. Updating your last name will include going to the DMV, your local Social Security Office, the Post Office, and more. While you may want to save a few dollars and complete this process step by step, there is a new business on the market called Hitchswitch here to help you out.
Hitchswitch will save you a lot of time and energy; after-all, time is money, and you are a valuable person. If you decide to manage the process yourself, take a glimpse of what the step-by-step looks like.
1. Obtain your marriage license
You need to either pick up or have a copy of your certified marriage license sent to you. The certified license will have a raised seal and your new last name on it. Call the office where your license was originally created to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you.
2. Change your Social Security card
Head to the Social Security Administration's website and submit the application for a new social security card. Mail your complete application to your local social security office. Your new card will take about two weeks to arrive.
3. Change your license at the DMV
Head over to your local DMV with a copy of all identification [passport, license, etc...], your marriage license, and your new social security card, to obtain an updated license with your new last name.
4. Change your bank accounts
Drive over to your nearest branch location, bring your new driver's license, and your certified marriage license. Ask for a name change on your account, and remind the attendant to help you with new checks as well as new debit and credit cards.
4. Miscellaneous Updates
These changes may simply require a phone call or an update on your end. Notify your,
- Payroll Company
- Post office
- Credit card companies
- Paypal, Venmo, Ebay
- Alumni associations
- Mortgage company
- Insurance companies (auto, home, life)
- Doctors' offices
- Voter registration office
- Your attorney (to update legal documents, including your will)
- Passport office
- Airlines (to transfer over your miles)
Are you wondering how this process went for me? I thought about the time it would take to complete this process and factored in the gas mileage I would use driving around the Greater Atlanta Area, and I headed over to HitchSwitch. I paid $89 to let someone else handle the trouble! While I am still awaiting a notification that my name change is complete, I am thrilled that I am not sitting at a stop light or standing in a line.
Have your used Hitchswitch or a similar service in changing your name? Did you complete your name change the old school way? Let me know in the comments below.