Becoming Mrs. Milyo - How to Change Your Name After the Wedding

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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,

  • Employers
  • 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.

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!