I voted in the Pennsylvania primary a few weeks back, and had a moment. I realized that the next time I sign my name to vote, my name won't be the same! Granted, the general election will be too soon after my wedding to get my name changed in time for a new signature, but you get the idea. And it got me thinking, I know that I am changing my last name, but I don't have a clue how to go about doing it. A bit of research later, here are some pieces to the monogram changing puzzle I put together...
- The Proof is In the Pudding: You have to first and foremost wait for marriage license to arrive, which should take a couple weeks. If a copy is not automatically mailed, you can call the office where you filed and request it.
- Social Security Card: Now that you have your marriage license, download, and complete, a name change form from the Social Security Website. You then take your completed SS form, your marriage license and your current form of identification to your local social security office to receive your new card
- Rollin', Rollin', Rollin': With new social security card in hand, you can roll on down to the DMV to get a new license. Some DMV's will allow you to do this with just a marriage certificate, but I would double check with your local rules and regulations.
- All the Rest of the Changes: You are going to want now to make a list of everything in your maiden name, that needs to be changed to your new name. First on the list should probably be your paycheck, so get in touch with your HR department. Other items on this list could include your bank, credit cards, other lenders, utility companies, voter registration, insurance policies, magazine subscriptions, etc. You should contact each institution to find out their policy on name change, some may require a copy of your social security card or marriage license.
If you are like me, and the thought of all that paperwork is a wee bit daunting, you can go to MissNowMrs.com and have them do it for you! For $29.95, they will auto complete all your important documents, including applications for a new social security card and driver's license. In addition, you can provide them with information that will give you completed forms to print out and send to your bank, credit cards, etc.
Whichever way you go about changing it, I hope this helps with "how to's" of the process. Now, onto to perfecting your new signature!
(photo from Monogram, Inc.)