You can’t change your name until you’re actually married, but the first step is to put your new name in the allotted space on your marriage license. Have your officiant sign the license after the ceremony, and ask her to request three copies. You’ll need one to keep, one for Social Security, and one for the Department of Motor Vehicles. She’ll send the license in for you, and you should receive the certificate a few weeks after the ceremony. In case your wondering of how this process works, I have provided you with some good tips that will help you be well on your way to being Mr. and Mrs. Some states require you to change your Social Security card first, while others want you to start by changing your driver’s license. Look up the rules for your state on the DMV website and call the Social Security office before wasting nay time waiting in line. The Social Security website is a good place to start for instructions on how to request a card under your new name.
You’ll need a marriage certificate and your old Social Security card. It’s free, so stay away from any outside companies offering to perform the services for free. Once you’ve received a new card, make sure that whatever name you use with the payroll department at work matches the name on file with Social Security. To change your driver’s license, find out if your local DMV takes appointments for name changes, you’ll need to appear in person, and you want to avoid the lines if you can. Bring your current license, your new Social Security card or a paper stating that it’s on its way, and your marriage certificate. Again, check your local DMV website to be sure you have the proper forms of identification. You may also need to show proof of address, such as a utility or phone bill. Your passport is the third critical document you’ll need to change. You can download a passport name change form online or pick up the form at a main-branch post office. Mail in the form with your old passport and a certified copy of the marriage certificate.
A marriage license, issued prior to the wedding is a legal permission for you to get married. The certificate document you receive after the wedding is the marriage certificate. Make sure to keep a copy in a safe place, preferably a safe-deposit box. Whether one or both of you keep or change your names, you’ll want to find ways to let your friends and family know how to address those holiday cards. When you enter the reception or before your first dance, have yourself announced by the name you’ll be using. Same goes for submitting a marriage announcement. A note to honeymooners traveling internationally; Unless you’re scheduling your trip for some time after the wedding, it’s likely you won’t be able to complete the name change process before you go, so be sure to make reservations under your maiden name.