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Name Change After Marriage

After you’ve walked down the aisle with style, it’s time to consider changing your name. Did you know that 88% of U.S. brides opt to change their names after marriage? New name options include: hyphenating names with your spouse, taking both last names without a hyphen, taking your maiden name as your middle name, or simply taking your spouse’s last name.

Whatever name-change option suits your situation, the process of becoming an official Mrs. is the same tedious 13 hour endeavor. Too busy for that? The name change experts at created an easy online service to streamline the 13 hour married name change process into 30 minutes by auto-completing all of the necessary forms and notification letters. They’ve helped over 400,000 brides transition from Miss to Mrs., and would love to help you too!

Certified Marriage Certificates

A certified marriage certificate is the legal document that allows you to file for your name change. It is the “proof” of your marriage that most state and federal government offices require before they can process your name change forms and issue you new forms of ID in your new name. It is advisable to request 2-3 certified copies of your marriage certificate from the county clerk’s office that issued your marriage license. Having multiple copies allows you to file several forms simultaneously and not risk losing your only copy.

Federal & State Name Change Forms

You will need to file the SS-5 form for your new Social Security Card, DS-11, DS-82, or DS-5504 for your new U.S. passport, the IRS 8822 to notify the IRS of your new married name, as well as forms for your new state driver’s license and voter registration. Each government office has a different set of filing requirements, and each state has a different filing order for name change documents.


After filing for your name change with state and federal offices, it’s time to notify all of your banks, credit cards, insurance providers, mortgage providers, utilities, gyms, doctor’s offices, etc. of your new married name. Most credit card providers will allow you to make the switch when you call the number on the back of your card, while most banks require you to visit a local branch office to change your name on your accounts and ATM card. Insurance, mortgage, and utility companies all have different processes for name change. You can call their support teams for filing specifics, or use the MissNowMrs name change service to select your creditors and receive specific filing instructions without the hassle of calling.

Name Change + Travel

Heads up ladies: do not book (or let your fiancé book) your honeymoon travel in your married name. Your name doesn’t magically change when you say, “I do,” so be sure to book your honeymoon travel in your maiden name. Please keep in mind that once you file your name change paperwork with the State Department, it will take 5-6 weeks for your new passport to be issued. Plan your flights accordingly to ensure smooth travel as a Mrs.

Change Your Name the Easy Way

If you’re hopping on the Mrs. wagon, there’s no need to spend endless newlywed hours navigating name-change red tape. Use the MissNowMrs easy online name change service and go from Miss to Mrs. in a matter of minutes! You can opt to print your forms immediately or have them shipped to you complete with pre-addressed and pre-posted envelopes. You then simply sign and send or file!

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