Table of Contents:
- How to Change a Name After Marriage in Colorado
- How to Change a Name After a Marriage in Michigan
- How to Change a Name After Marriage in Pennsylvania
- How to Change a Name After Marriage in North Carolina
- How to Change a Name After a Marriage in Illinois
Request certified copies of your marriage certificate from the circuit court that granted your marriage license. Obtain multiple copies, as you will need to show the certificate to each organization with which you wish to change you name.
Download and print an application for a Social Security card from the SSA website listed in the "Resources" section of this article. Complete the form with your new name and bring it along with a certified copy of your marriage certificate and your U.S. passport or birth certificate to your local SSA office, which you can find with the other SSA resource listed in this article.
Take a copy of your marriage certificate and your current driver's license to your local Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles office. You will need to apply for a new driver's license or identification card--there is a $21 fee for a new card.
Visit your bank and request to have your name changed on your bank account. Bring a copy of your marriage certificate and your government-issued photo identification. The bank will usually need to take a copy of your marriage certificate for their records.
Inform your employer of your name change. They may require you to fill in some new employment or benefit forms. You may also have to write a letter to request that your name be updated on your health insurance--insurance companies will require a copy of your marriage certificate and a copy of your current government-issued photo identification.
Visit your local Social Security office. Michigan requires that you change your name on your Social Security card before doing so on your driver's license and other legal documents. Bring an official, notarized copy of your marriage license to the office, along with your driver's license or state identification card, birth certificate and Social Security card. Fill out the required paperwork at the office. Your new card will come in the mail, but you will get a receipt to use as proof of your Social Security number until your card arrives.
Change your name on your official identification, whether that is a state ID or a driver's license. Visit a Secretary of State branch office with your new Social Security card, your current ID and your marriage license. You will need to fill out paperwork and have a new photo taken. The cost to change your name and get a new card was $9 as of 2010, although rates are subject to change at any time.
Bring your identification with your new name to your bank and the human resources office at your job. Show your new Social Security card and new ID in both places. Fill out any forms required to change your name on your bank accounts and your paycheck.
Changing your last name after marriage in Pennsylvania does not require a visit to the court house or a lawyer. The change can be done with proper documentation, a visit to your local Department of Motor Vehicles and Social Security office, and completed necessary forms obtained at those offices.
Changing Your Social Security Card in Person
Take your original official marriage certificate, and a proof of identity document to your local Social Security office. The proof of identity document must show your previous name (expired documents are acceptable as long as they show your old name). The identity document must also contain identifying information or a recent photograph. Examples of a proof of identity document include a Pennsylvania Driver's License, Pennsylvania state ID card or passport. If these cannot be obtained within 10 days, a health insurance card (Medicare cards are not accepted), School ID card or Military ID card can be used as a replacement.
Go to the Social Security office and request form SS-5. This form can be printed online prior to arrival at the office. If the form has not previously been printed, you can fill it out now. You can find your local social security office on the official Social Security Administration website.
Show the clerk your identifying documents, as well as your marriage certificate.
Receive your new Social Security card (there may be a waiting period while the clerk prepares your card).
Changing Your Social Security Card by Mail
Print form SS-5 from the Social Security Administration website.
Fill the form out in its entirety using only blue or black ink.
Collect your marriage certificate and identifying documents. The identifying documents have the same requirements in person or by mail.
Mail the marriage certificate, identifying documents and form SS-5 to any Social Security office. Find your local Social Security Office on their official website.
Receive your new social security card in the mail, along with the documents you sent.
Changing your Driver's Licenses or State ID
Take your new social security card, marriage certificate and current driver's license or state ID to your local Department of Motor Vehicles. You can find your local DMV by using the link in the resources below.
Present the identifying documentation, marriage certificate and check for $12 made out to PennDOT to the clerk.
Sign the bottom of the form they present to you after reviewing your documentation.
Wait in line to have your photograph taken for your new driver's license or state ID.
Changing Vehicle Registration
Print form MV-41a from the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles website. If you cannot print the form, go to your local DMV and request the form.
Fill out side A of the form to request an updated vehicle or trailer registration card. Fill out side B if you are also requesting an updated title.
Contact your title holder if you are requesting an updated title and are not the title holder. Ask if they participate in the Electronic Lien and Titling Program (ELT). If they do, the DMV can contact them for the title. If they do not participate, check the box on form MV-41a that states "No Title Will Be Attached". If you are the title holder, you must bring the title with you.
Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and present the documentation, title, and check for $22.50 made out to PennDOT.
Receive your new vehicle title.
Visit the social security office prior to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Having an updated social security card expedites the process at the DMV.
Not changing your social security card can delay your tax refund or keep wages from being reported for social security benefits.
Contact your local Social Security office. If you do not know where your local office is, consult the Social Security Services office locator website for North Carolina.
Obtain an application for Social Security card (SS-5) form from the Social Security office. Generally, most offices have this form available online, or you can obtain a hard copy directly at the office location. Fill in the SS-5 completely.
File the SS-5 at your Social Security office. You will need to provide proof of your new name such as your original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate. After your application is reviewed and processed, you will be sent a new Social Security card with your changed name within several weeks.
Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Apply for a new driver's license or state ID card using your new Social Security card and marriage certificate. You will be mailed a copy of your new card within two weeks.
Use your new Social Security and driver's license/state ID card to change any other official or legal documents--such as your bank account or passport--that need to be updated as a result of your name change.
Alert your employer about your upcoming name change before the wedding. It may take the human resources department several weeks to update your files and change your email address and any other applicable items, such as business cards. Giving them advance notice provides ample time for the update to become final before you take your new last name.
Obtain extra certified copies of your marriage certificate. The driver services facility, Department of Motor Vehicles, banks and post office will require a certified copy to change your name. Photocopies of your marriage certificate will not be sufficient; the copies must be certified copies. You can obtain additional certified copies of your marriage certificate from the Illinois county clerk in the county in which you got married.
Visit your local driver services facility within 30 days to request a new driver's license and update your vehicle registration and title. Bring your current driver's license and your original marriage certificate or a certified copy of the certificate. As of November 2010, the fee to obtain a corrected license is $5, the fee to update your registration is $3 and the fee for a corrected vehicle title is $65.
Change your name on your Social Security card. Obtain an application for a social security card, either online or from your local Social Security office. Take the completed application, along with the original marriage certificate or a certified copy, to your local Social Security office.
Notify your bank and any other financial institutions, such as credit card companies, utility companies or the phone, to update the name on your account. In many cases, you will be able to update your account information over the phone; in some cases, you may need to request the change in writing and/or provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate.