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So now you are married.  Now what?  As a newlywed, one of the first things you need to tackle is to legally change your last name (if you choose to do so).  You will need to do this even if you choose to hyphenate your last name with his.Keep in mind that the following steps are a guide and vary ... read more
So now you are married.  Now what?  As a newlywed, one of the first things you need to tackle is to legally change your last name (if you choose to do so).  You will need to do this even if you choose to hyphenate your last name with his.

Keep in mind that the following steps are a guide and vary slightly from state to state.  For specific instructions, your local courthouse can give you more information.  This will at least give you an idea of what to expect.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE – Request a copy of your certified marriage certificate from the Register of Deeds in the County you were married in.  It should arrive in the mail fairly quickly.  This is the document that most places want/need.

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD – Take the marriage certificate and your old drivers license down to the social security office to request a new social security card.  The new card should arrive within a couple of weeks.  For more information, please visit the Social Security Administration website.

DRIVERS LICENSE – Take the new social security card and your marriage certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles to request a new driver’s license.  Most agencies can issue this on the spot.

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Now the fun begins:
Bank
Employer
Mortgage Company (separate from personal bank)
Credit Cards
Store Credit Cards
Passport
Doctor’s Offices
– Eye
– Primary Care
– Dentist
– Specialist
– Chiropractor

Insurance
Health
– Vision
– Dental
– Life
– Car
– Homeowners / Rental

Health Club / Gym
Library
Book Clubs
Magazine Subscriptions
Email Accounts
Utilities
– Electric
– Water
– Gas
– Cable Company
– Internet

Cell Phone
Student Loans
School / College
Retirement plans
Attorney
Accountant
* This is just a list to get you started.  Every individual is different!

To avoid multiple trips to and from home it is smart bring along the big three (new drivers license, new social security card and marriage certificate).  In researching this article, I received 20 different responses in what bank needed what.  Some banks and employers need a copy of EVERYTHING while some “mom and pop” employers just need word of mouth confirmation of your new nuptials.  What I am trying to say is that no two businesses or agencies are alike!  It’s better to be prepared to avoid anger and frustration :) Good luck!!

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