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Step By Step Guide to Name Change After the Wedding

by | Jul 4, 2017

 Just married and planning to change your name (or not)?


Let’s talk about where to start. You must first decide if you want to spend time filling in the forms or if you prefer the convenience of someone else auto-filling the information so all you have to do is submit the forms. This is possible with companies such as HitchSwitch.

  • You will need a certified copy of your marriage certificate (or license) to make important name changes. This will vary per county. You may need to request this from the circuit court in the county you were married in or they may automatically send you one. Select the county you will be married in using this link to find their phone number http://mdcourts.gov/circuit/ (there may be a fee associated with the certified copy of your marriage license-$5.50 per copy plus $2 if requesting mail service for Anne Arundel County)
  • Take (or mail) the certified copy of your marriage license to Social Security Administration (SSA) to update your social security card (free). They will notify IRS for you. For proper documents and address (whether in person or mailing forms) head over to Social Security.
  • Once in the system with social security (takes at least 24 hours), you can head over to the MVA for your driver’s license ($20) with the receipt you receive from SSA ( remember to ask about voter’s registration.)
  • You will have to wait an additional 24 hours after updating your drivers license to update your car title ($20) and registration ($5). This can be done at the Kiosk if available.
  • After you receive your marriage license and update driver’s license, you can contact your bank(s) about your name change to update bank accounts or add joint accounts. Fee will vary.
  • After completing the above, contact you employers human resources so they can update information for your W-2, bank account, benefits, beneficiaries, emergency contact, etc. (if your insurance is not through your employer
  • Update name and account information on Mortgage or lease, utilities, cell phone bill, TV/internet, school loans.
  • Contact your doctors/dentist to let them know your name (and/or address) has changed.

Take a DEEP breath! STEPS 1-8 are what I found to be the most important steps. Below are additional steps that you can take your time with. 

  • passport
  • Airline rewards program
  • Library Card
  • Social Networks
  • Clubs/Organizations
  • Gym Memberships
  • Vet/Pet Microchips
  • Paypal (any other online services you use)

If you find yourself at the point where you want things to be simplified and prefer to pay for convenience, you may want to check out companies that will provide you with all you need to make the switch such as HitchSwitch.