If you’re changing your name because you’re getting married, make sure you list your new name on your marriage certificate. Next, bring your marriage certificate, birth certificate, and photo ID to your local Social Security Administration office. Your new social security card should arrive within 10 days of processing. Once you have that, you can visit your local DMV to change your name on your ID card. Keep reading to learn how to change your name for other reasons.
Method 1Changing Your Name When You Get Married List your new name on your marriage certificate. When you go to the courthouse to get your marriage certificate, the clerk should ask you if you want to change your name. Make sure your full new name is listed on the marriage certificate. If it’s not, the name changing process will be more complicated. If you’ve already obtained your marriage certificate and it doesn’t include your name change, skip down to the general name-changing method. Getting married makes changing your name easier than it would otherwise be, so think carefully about what you want your permanent name to be. You can use your former last name as your middle name or hyphenate two last names if you don’t want to drop your maiden name entirely.
Change your name on your Social Security card. Once you’ve received your marriage license, your next step will be to obtain a new social security card, which will require you to fill out a form and either visit a Social Security Administration office or mail it in with the required documents. Gather your paperwork together. You’ll need your marriage certificate, birth certificate, photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or state ID card) and a completed application for a new Social Security card, available online. Submit your documents to the Social Security Administration. You can make an appointment to change your name in person, or you can mail in the appropriate documents. All original copies will be mailed back to you with a receipt. You can find the address for the Social Security office nearest you via a locator on the Social Security Administration website. Your new card should arrive within 10 days of processing (that is, the date shown on your receipt or the date on which you visited an SSA office).
Change your name on your driver’s license or state ID card. Visit your local DMV with your new Social Security card and your old driver’s license or ID card to receive a new ID card. Change your name on all your other documentation. Here’s a short list of what you might consider: