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Changing Your Last Name After Marriage? You Need This Checklist

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If you are a bride or groom who is legally changing your last name after your wedding, then this post is for you.

Below is a list of things/places you may want to update or notify after your last name is officially changed. I created this for my personal use, but wanted to share it with everyone in hopes someone else will find it useful. By no means is this a complete list, but it is a good start.









Consider this your Newlywed To-Do List


If your last name is changing:
Update your social security card
Renew your driver's license
Change personal banking information
Change your credit card information
Update home/auto/life insurance policy
Change your telephone information
Contact all utility companies
Inform your employer/payroll department
Update health insurance and 401k account
Send notification to local post office
Update gym membership
Renew library card
Update mortgage or lease info
Contact schools and alumni associations
Update voter registration information
Change your email address (if applicable)
Renew passport
Update magazine subscriptions
Update social media profiles
Request change of school or work ID
Buy new business cards
Buy new address labels
Update personal/business email signature
Update LinkedIn profile


Oh, and don't forget:
Make changes to your beneficiary information
Inform CPA or tax accountant if deciding to joint file
Update car registration coverage
Begin gift registry returns
Finalize your wedding album and portraits
Clean and preserve your wedding gown
Use your guest list to send out Thank You notes


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Thank you! I never realized it was sooo much to change.  I forget how much I use my name. I am excited to be officially married and change my name.  My BC has 5 names, I am dropping 3 and adding his.

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