Writing this to all my summer brides out there. You know who you are. You’re wedding was perfection, your honeymoon; a dream. The thank you cards are in the mail and you’re dress has been cleaned. (Whoa, rhyming) Now you’re sitting in the DMV, passport center, bank and social security office and you’re thinking you had no idea changing your last name would be so freaking challenging! I know because I was there. This time last year I was frantically messaging my handful of newlywed friends asking for help (and complaining about how unfair it is that guys don’t have to do this too.) Its really is such a process!! Anywayss.. if you’re brand new to the wives club continue reading for a short and concise guide on everything you need to know to change your last name and make it official. Congrats Mrs!
(First I drink the greens then I do the things)
Step 1: Social security office. (Approx. 2-3 hours) Once you get your completed marriage certificate back from the courthouse, this is the first place you’ll want to go. Tip: Pay the silly extra processing fee for multiple copies of your marriage license. You’re able to get more done at once since you’ll need to leave official copies with different offices at the same time. The Social Security office is pretty painless, you just go in and take a number. Your new card is mailed to you in a week or two. Then you can take your new social and proceed to step 2.
Step 2: DMV. (Approx. 1-2 hours) Do yourself a favor and make an appointment online for the DMV. They usually book a few weeks out so you can even make the appointment before your new social security card arrives. Be prepared to take a new picture and sign your new last name! So fun 🙂
Step 3: Passport office (Approx 1-2 hours) Now that you have two forms of I.D.(Driver’s License & Social security card) getting a new passport is a breeze. It takes a couple weeks to get back in the mail so consider beginning this process after your return from your honeymoon! Once you’ve gone through steps 1-3 the rest is a piece of cake. You’ll need to leave official copies of your marriage license with your banks so that they can send you new cards to match your ID. And of course, let your postal service know of your new name so you don’t miss any packages.
Congrats brides! You’re now a wife for life!