How To Go From Miss To Mrs


Hi guys! Getting married is a job all in itself, but changing your name afterwards is really the hassle! As soon as I started I made a list to remember what to do, what I had done, and what it all entails. I figured I would turn it into a blog post so others can use it as a checklist for themselves too!

First thing was to get married and have your priest/reverend send in the marriage license. You then get a marriage certificate in the mail – or some may opt to pick it up at the court house, whichever you chose when you got your marriage license.

STEP ONE – Social Security Card

Once you get your marriage certificate in the mail you have to get a new social security card. I brought my drivers license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, and old social security card with. Once filling out the paperwork you do need to know your parents information and social security number for whatever reason. HA!

STEP TWO – Drivers License

I then took the piece of paper saying I filed for a new social security card to the DMV and got myself a new drivers license and state ID card. Before you go make sure you practice your signature – I didn’t and it was a big mistake! I also signed up for the voter registration here.

STEP THREE – Bank and Payment Info

I then went to the bank and changed my name on my bank accounts. I had to get new debit/credit cards ordered as well as order new checks. Going off of this I had to get a new Target card, Nordstrom card, by contacting them all separately. Some places you have to call over the phone to verify your name change, others can be done through e-mail. Once I got my new debit/credit cards in the mail I had to update all websites that my cards are synced to such as Netflix, Apple Music, SpotHero, Redbox, Uber/Lyft, iTunes, etc. I then got a new e-mail address since my old one has my last name in it. I went through a ton of different websites that I have my old e-mail address and name in such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Express, etc. and updated my name in my shipping address as well.

STEP FOUR – Passport

My next thing was to update my passport. Thankfully I got my passport within the last year, so I don’t have to pay for a new one for a name change! There is paperwork to fill out that you submit along with your marriage license and your old passport to them.

STEP FIVE – Employer and Insurance

I then had to do my name change through work. Being a teacher, I had to go through HR to change my health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, TRS, IMRF, Blue Cross Blue Shield cards, teaching license for ISBE, key card to get into the building, school e-mail, W4, W2, etc. HR is VERY good about helping you with this. I didn’t put Tom on my health insurance, but if I did there would be more there to do. I then contacted my retirement advisor for my 403B – non teachers have 401K to get my name changed for that.

STEP SIX – Personal and Home

We don’t own a house, but if we did we would have to change my name on the loan/mortgage. I’m going to contact the office of our complex to see if I need to change my name for our current lease and renters insurance. I also need to look into my car loan and once I pay it off in April switch the name on my title over. I also need to update my car insurance. Next is to update my name through my doctors offices such as dentist, annual health checkup, female doctor, etc. If you have utilities in your name, I have Comcast cable, that also then needs to be switched over.

STEP SEVEN – Optional

Other miscellaneous things: notify local post office, IRS, gym membership, paypal, cell phone, school loans, vets, social networks, library cards, FOID card, LinkedIn


Below I have chosen some of my favorites from our wedding photos! Enjoy!! 🙂



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