The cake has been cut, the thank you notes written and your life as a newlywed is starting to get back to normal. While you’ve been deep into planning before the wedding, there should still be some important items on your post-wedding to do list. To make it easier, we’ve made a list to get you started.
- Get a certified copy of your marriage license. You will need it to show to the DMV, passport office and the Social Security Administration.
- Update your Social Security Card. This is important for tax returns and retirement benefits.
- Get a new Driver’s License and voter registration. You can do these online through your local DMV’s website.
- Renew your passport with your new name.
- Inform your bank of your name change. You might be changing banks or account types, so setting up a meeting with a banker is a good idea for making the process seamless.
- Update your insurance agencies of your name change and marital status. If you and your spouse are on separate insurance plans through work, then discuss merging plans. Talk with your employer’s HR department for additional steps.
- Let the U.S. Postal Service know about your name change and if you have changed permanent addresses.
- If you have an attorney, they will update all legal documents with your new name and marital status.
- Update any schools and alumni organizations of your name change.
- Change your name on all social media sites, especially LinkedIn.
There are name change forms available online to make the name change process easier. To find name change forms in every state, click here. Certain facilities charge a fee for name change and renewals, so be sure to work those costs into your budget.