Officially taking your husband’s last name will play a huge role in your post nuptial bliss because in a sense, you become a totally new person.
For most women, transitioning from Ms. To Mrs. is the ultimate goal and being that everything is officially falling into place for you to do so, consider it a blessing.
With technology and everything else around us advancing so rapidly, it is important to take all of the necessary precautions when it comes to changing your name.
Let us help you navigate through the logistics with informative advice on taking on the world as a Mrs.
Start In Advance
Deciding whether or not you will keep your last name, change it, or use a combination of both is not something you want to put off until the last minute. Some states use the name you write on your marriage license to dictate the use of that name used on later documents, so be very sure before signing any papers. Laws pertaining to name changes vary by state so you will want to read up on those laws before making any costly decisions.
Gather Your Documents
After signing your certified marriage certificate, make a request to receive multiple copies (trust us you’ll need them!) Typically, marriage certificates are sent to you between two and four weeks after your big day so be sure to check your mail frequently. Once you’ve received your copies, you can begin moving forward with your process. You will need to file paperwork for everything that you use as identification. Drivers license, social security card, passport, work id badges – literally everything! Be sure to send copies of your marriage certificate along with your paperwork.
Don’t Forget The Important People
Once you’ve officially changed your last name on your license and social security card, you should begin notifying the important people in your life. By important we mean: your attorney, post office, doctor office, insurance agency and your employer. You will need to submit a copy of your marriage certificate to them as well in order for everything to go through legally.