New Bride’s Checklist for Changing Your Name

Congratulations! You’ve tied the knot with the love of your life! The honeymoon is over and you can finally start your life together. However, the marriage ceremony did not automatically turn you into Mrs. Smith. In order to legally change your name, you must have your marriage certificate in hand for a variety of organizations. Compiled is a new bride’s checklist for which organizations you should consider changing your name with:

  • Legally, the name on your tax returns must mirror your registered name with the Social Security Administration.
  • You will need to change the name on your driver’s license, car registration, title, and auto insurance.
  • You will need to change the name on your passport if you plan on traveling with your spouse.
  • You must change your name legally with your employer so that your tax returns mirror your legal name.
  • Changing your name on your bank accounts is crucial.
  • To avoid any problems with your mortgage or rent, you will want to inform your mortgage broker or landlord of your new name, in writing.
  • If you have any retirement or investment funds, you will want to update your personal details and change your name.
  • In order to vote under your new last name, you will need to go to the U.S. Election Assistance Committee and change your name.
  • You will want to call your doctor and any other medical service personnel to update your chart.
  • If you have a lawyer, you will want to update your name so that no future problems arise questioning your identity.
  • Update all of your insurance policies to match your new last name.
  • In order to receive all of your mail, you must change your name with the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Update your information with all of your utility carriers.
  • Update your name at all of your child’s educational organizations.
  • If you are involved in an alumni association or any other membership-based organizations, you will want to update your name.

Congratulations! Allow us to guide you through this milestone and make sure you have covered all the bases. Contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency today and allow us to help you change your name after getting married.

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