Getting married traditionally involves the bride changing her maiden name to the surname of her new husband. Sounds romantic until reality sets in. Now you will need to notify everyone of your new name.
There are lots of companies and parts of your life that you need to consider as you change your name, most of which will need to be notified in writing. Write a standard letter informing people of your name change and attach a photocopy of your marriage certificate to each. Government departments and Banks will need to see the original document to make the changes but most other establishments will simply need a photocopy.
I have listed below many of the companies and organizations you need advise of your name change:
- Credit card and store cards
- Voter Registration
- Dentist / Doctors
- Passport - If you are traveling out of country for your honeymoon purchase your tickets in your maiden name as that will be the name on your passport.
- Real estate deeds
- Pension Funds
- Social Security Administration (*Notify immediately after wedding)
- State Motor Vehicle Department - License, car registration
- Finance/loan companies
- Internal Revenue Service
- Institutes such as universities, etc
- Insurance companies - Health, Life, Home, Car, Disability etc
- Investment companies / Stocks, bonds
- Magazine Subscriptions / Mail order catalog companies
- Post Office
- Auto clubs such as AAA
- Lawyers, Lawsuits, Trusts, Wills, Courts