What You Need to Know Before Changing Your Last Name

-

When it comes to changing your last name, take the complexity out of the process with these simple tips, tricks, and things to consider.

Changing your last name

Source:bridalguide.com

For many people, changing their name is something they consider at least once in their life. Maybe you’re getting married or divorced, maybe you’re transgender or gender non-conforming, or maybe your parents decided to name you Patrick Kirkpatrick Patrick and you’re tired of introducing yourself that way. In any case, changing your last name can be an intimidating process.

Changing your last name is in large part a matter of notifying all the appropriate parties that you intend to change your name. But laws can vary by state, and there are a few things it’s a good idea to know beforehand. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to change your name.

You Can Name Yourself Almost Anything

Fans of the TV show Friends will know that you can change your name to almost anything. On one memorable occasion, Phoebe decides to change her name to “Princess Consuela Bananahammock.” And while we don’t advise going with a name as daring as that, if you’re getting married, there’s no reason you and your partner couldn’t become the Awesomes.

There are a few limits on what you can change your name to. You can’t use a celebrity’s name, a trademarked name, a number, or a punctuation mark. You also can’t make your name anything offensive or obscene.

Marriage and Divorce Are the Easiest Times to Change Your Name

Source:thailawonline.com

If you’re changing your name outside of marriage and divorce, you may need a court order to do so. This is to ensure that you aren’t changing your name to evade law enforcement, skip out on debts, or commit fraud. But if you’re changing your last name after marriage, the process is much simpler.

When you fill out your marriage certificate, print your new name. Then you can take your marriage license to show to the DMV, the bank, and the Social Security Administration. During divorce proceedings, ask the judge to put your new name on your divorce decree, and you can start using that name from that point forward.

Wait for the Right Moment

You do need to be careful to make sure your legal name change has gone through before you start sending out notices. If you apply for a new passport, for instance, before your name change is complete, you could run into issues using your new name. This can also be important for credit cards; you want to make sure your good credit transfers to your new name.

Check Your Laws

The process for how to change your name varies state to state, so be sure to check on the laws in your area. In some places, you may need a court order, and in others, you may be able to just start using your new name. In many cases, it’s a good idea to get a court order one way or another to satisfy the DMV, the Social Security Administration, and other government organizations.

You may also need to advertise your new name in a newspaper before it’s official in some states. Check your state’s government website to find out what the laws are where you live.

Source:welcometothewilliams.com

Learn More About Changing Your Last Name

Changing your last name can be an exciting process; you’re taking on a new identity, one that is of your own choosing and, if you’re getting married, signals your bond to the most important person in your life. But you do need to be sure you get all the proper boxes checked during this process. Make sure you notify everyone who needs to know, but not until the right moment.

Alert Everyone

Once your name is officially changed, it’s time to let everyone know about your new name. This process can start with your family and friends, but you’re also going to need to notify everyone you do business with. This is where knowing updating your name can become a bit tedious.

Once you have a certified copy of a court order or marriage certificate-granting your name change you should start by notifying your local social security office about your name change (You will keep the same social security number). Once your name has been updated with the Social Security Administration, you can move on to updating your name on your passport, credit cards, vehicle title, driver’s license, and bank accounts.

Source:twitter

You Don’t Have to Use a Lawyer

If you seek a court order to change your name, you’ll need to fill out a Petition for Name Change. You should be able to find this form online, and depending on the laws in your state, you may be able to submit it online, too. You may need to appear in court, but you won’t need to plead your case; it’s just a formality of the legal process.

Many people are under the impression that you have to hire a lawyer if you want to change your name. But even if you wind up seeking out a court order to change your name, most people are able to handle the process themselves. If you’re still feeling intimidated, name change services like UpdateMyName.com can help you navigate the process.

 

Share this article

Recent posts

Should You Let Your Child Play Contact Sports? – 2020 Guide

In the past decade, we’ve learned a lot more about the potential risks of contact sports, but that’s mostly focused on college and professional...

6 Benefits of Investing in Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities

Have you ever considered investing in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS)? If not, you’re missing out on a lucrative opportunity. What is residential mortgage-backed security? Investopedia explains...

Best Double Sided Suction Cups with Screw Sucker Pad

Suction cups are used for a variety of things. They’re vital for being used as holders and hangers of various things in the home,...

Ways to Create a Private Backyard Paradise

Creating decorative backyard tricks with your own hands from scrap materials, you should observe the following conditions: mandatory presence in the design of a...

How to Have an Unbelievably Fun Wedding Without Booze – 2020 Guide

There are so many good reasons to opt for a wedding that ditches the booze. For one thing, a sober wedding is more affordable;...

Popular categories

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

What is 10 + 15 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) 🙂

Recent comments

rayschoon.marsfet.co.nl on How to manage your PPC campaign
https://usahealthreports.blogspot.Com on The future is here with Proven Skincare
Dale Goodman on Yukon Men Cancelled?
Ryan wants more Korra kicking ass. Varrick is bad ass!! on The Legend Of Korra Season 5 Release Date, News and Updates
Guess I'll just go jump off a duck. on Aoharu x Machinegun Season 2 Release Date
lillian bradley-gares on Yukon Men Season 7 Latest News
human lovers suck on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Sharon Genth on Yukon Men Cancelled?
Yessenia Martínez Martínez on Taxi Brooklyn Season 2 release date and more!
crysostomos haloftis on Cowboys To Bring Back Dez Bryant?
Randolph Johnson on Cowboys To Bring Back Dez Bryant?
Matthew Brooks Brown on Cowboys To Bring Back Dez Bryant?
Charles T DeLattre on Cowboys To Bring Back Dez Bryant?
Wojciech Oszczakiewicz on Top 5 Worst Finishers Of All Time
Bill carpenter on Counting Cars Cancelled?
Karen on No Gentleman
jan ronk on No Gentleman
Vcoutelier on No Gentleman
Shanna on No Gentleman
bily gilliam on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Barbara on No Gentleman
F. Hawker on No Gentleman
Patrick Charles Pineda on Mr. Pickles – Season 3 Release Date
David Woodcock on River Season 2 Release Date
David Gabriel Taylor on Seraph of the end Season 3 Release Date
Lieutenant BaconWaffles on Beetlejuice 2 Release Date
Lana Patrizia Nahapetian on Junjou Romantica Season 4 Latest News
John Knehans on Counting Cars Cancelled?
Crusty weave on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Prince Yohanan Ben Yahudah on Colin Kaepernick in Dallas Cowboys?
Anata no Tomodachi on Trinity Seven Season 2: Release Date
Awesome1pc2 Ananymous on SVTFOE season 3 release date
LighthawkDemon on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Robert Presti Sr on Counting Cars Cancelled?
James STanley on SVTFOE season 3 release date
Phương Phiêu Diêu on Barakamon Season 2 Release Date
𝕲𝖍𝖔𝖚𝖑 on Re:Zero Season 2 Air Date and Spoilers
ÃᖇᑭᗴᎶᎶᎥØØℱβŁỮ€ŞŤ€ᗴŁ✔ᶰᵉᵏᵒᶠᶤᵉᵈ on High School DxD Season 4 – Updates, Spoilers, Air Date
Central Intelligence Agency on Highschool of The Dead Season 2 Release Date
Senator D. Plorable (I-USA) on Windows 11 – What It Would Look Like?
Ibrahim Durrani on Windows 11 – News and Updates
Joshua Adams on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
renamoretti1 on Empire Renewed for Season 4
Sara Doodnath on Justified Season 7 Cancelled
Just Another Random Person 🙂 on Code Geass Season 3 Release Date Speculations
Sara Doodnath on Justified Season 7 Cancelled
Joyce Mitchell on Yukon Men Cancelled?
Mike-Janet Sowell on Yukon Men Cancelled?
Shiranami Kaishido (Shi) on Reigns Beating Strowman Was A Bad Decision
eduard karpoev on Shimoneta Season 2: Updates
Dendy Planeptune on Shimoneta Season 2: Updates
Glenn Martin on Yukon Men Cancelled
WillFanofMany1 on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
WillFanofMany1 on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Yatogami ✔ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on Noragami – Season 3 Release Date, News & Update
Garland Remington on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Patrick Lambert on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Astracifationo on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Astracifationo on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Joy McGowan Elson on Hemlock Grove Season 4 Canceled
🅼🅾🅳🅳🅴🅳__ 🅷🅰🆇🅾🆁 on Seraph of the end Season 3 Release Date
jonnysw on No Gentleman
Kevin Kylie on No Gentleman
Victor Szendzielarz on No Gentleman
Usunder on No Gentleman
David E on No Gentleman
David D'Angelantonio on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
MAC on No Gentleman
Angriest_Beaver on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Angriest_Beaver on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Gingerbread2 on No Gentleman
disqus_feN63FpcdG on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
disqus_feN63FpcdG on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Michael on No Gentleman
Trumpworksforrussia on No Gentleman
Lisa Amey on No Gentleman
William McGrath on No Gentleman
tineras on No Gentleman
D. Kaye on No Gentleman
DardaniaLion on GTA 6 – News & Update
herp derperson on Log Horizon Season 3
Debbie Hillen-Reyes on Lucifer Season 3: Will it happen?
Patrick Lambert on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Carol Shingle Swenson on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
SiliconAddic on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
SeiRruf MalaWolSki on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
YanossGaming on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
Ryan Woodward on Zootopia 2 Sequel Confirmed
NoRightToNotBeOffended on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Nathaniel D Vitchner on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Sandy Rehfuss Scott on The Curse Of Oak Island Canceled?
Furious Shiroe on Log Horizon Season 3
Timothy Ouellette on Black Bullet Season 2?
Charles Gauthier on The Chevy Bolt vs. Tesla Model 3
baz on
Acebravo on
havasu46 on
RobertJGood on
Acebravo on
Pjews on
Acebravo on
BritishGuy94 on
Kurt Windibank on
Kurt Windibank on
Bill on
LP on
Frenchman75 on
johns19 on
Jimmy Witts on
Pjews on
Devon Ho on
Padraig Aidan Doherty on
Nick on
MF33 on
Acebravo on
Disqusr on
DavidB23 on
Bob Bigellow on
Joh Lei on
rbestlab on
Joe Maristela on
Acebravo on
Zachary Braganza on
Acebravo on