Thursday, March 20, 2014

You got married...now what?// Part one: The Name Change

Well, you did all of the planning for months and now the big day is over and in your rear view mirror. You got married, but now what? 

There is still plenty to do!  It's easy to get caught up in the wedding planning and think that after the wedding, you are in the clear. However, if you are changing your name, moving and all of those other fun things...then you still have some work to do. 

I chose to change my last name and take on my husbands. First of all, I've always wanted to be a Double D  (Danae Dost) :)  and now I am, without invasive surgery. (ha!)

And I also felt it was cementing the bond we made. By taking his name, I'm turning away from my old life and starting a new journey with him. It's OK if you choose to keep your name though, of course! Some ladies are the only child and they want to carry on the family name. Some believe it's good for their business, to keep their name, so people can easily find them. Whatever you decide, it's your choice, and there are no wrong answers here. 

I changed my name on my marriage license...that's it right?



Wrong, unfortunately. You changing your name on your marriage license makes it legal for you to start changing your name everywhere else. Make sure that when you go in to get your official marriage license, you get several copies as well. Some places want you to send them in, others will take scanned copies. It's good to have a few on hand.  

 Here is a list of places you need to change your name:



*First: Social Security Office. Make an appointment and take your marriage license. This will get you a new social security card with your new name. They send it in the mail and it can take up to 2 weeks to receive. I received mine in just a few days though.

* DMV: For a new drivers license (yep, you have to snap a whole new picture again, so bust out the gloss!). Take your marriage license, your old license and your new social security card with you and either make an appointment or stand in line and wait. You can file for a new license, pay the fees, and get the picture taken, all in one visit. My visit took about an hour, so plan accordingly.

*Credit Cards and Bank Accounts: Make sure you put in a request with all of your credit cards for new cards. They typically ask for a copy of your marriage license as well and only give you a short amount of time to make the changes, OR, you have to apply for the name change with them all over again. Chase sent me a letter, and I only had 8 days to return it to them.
For your bank accounts, you'll have to go into your local bank and meet with a personal banker. Take your new drivers license and a copy of your marriage license to make the changes on your account. They will then order new cards for you and make sure you order checks with your new name and new address!

*Odds and Ends: 
Employer/Payroll
Health Insurance
Dr's office
Post Office
Car Insurance
Car Title
Utility Companies
Mortgage company
Voter Registration office
Investment office
Accountant
School (if enrolled somewhere)



I know, it's a bit exhausting, but just start checking them off the list. Before long, you'll have your name changed everywhere and that will be in your rear view mirror too!

Stay tuned for Part 2!  And make sure you follow us on Facebook!

Keeping you Stylish!
Danae

1 comment:

  1. So exciting already! Can't wait to hear more. Alicia

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