Oh goodness I had NO clue how much stuff went into changing your name to your married name! Dom and I took the traditional route and I changed my last name to Simone. We also moved at the same time like many new married couples do, so I had to deal with changing our addresses as well. Here was my initial list of things to do:
1. Social security office name change
2. DMV new drivers license
3. Post office change of address.
4. School district offices to change name, address, and bank for direct deposit.
5. Change name with my old bank, credit cards, and student loans
6. Notify Samford (alma mater) of my name change
7. Change name on my car title and loan
8. Change my name with Teach For America
9. Change my email address.
10. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram name changes
11. Change my classroom sign from "Miss Martin" to "Mrs. Simone"
12. Change name on car and health insurance cards
Woohoo so much work!
I am not even going to pretend that I am done with this list, but I learned something really important through all of this, ALL PEOPLE CARE ABOUT IS THAT MARRIAGE LICENSE!
I am telling you, I have been carrying around social security card, passport, birth certificate, and any and every piece of paper I could find with my identity on it to get my name change. I am so use to everyone asking for ridiculous amounts of paperwork to get anything done. I walked into the social security office, and they said "all we need is your marriage license". Even the DMV... which has given me H E double LL in the past, only asked for the marriage license and my old Drivers License! I think my mouth dropped with the lady told me! No proof of address to change our address, no social security card needed... nothing but that marriage license. I guess marriage holds a powerful card around here.
One piece of advice I would give, ask the Probate court (where you register for your marriage license) for an official certificate of marriage as well as your license. It cost $5 but it helps to have a 2nd copy that acts as a legal document of marriage. If anything were to happen to the license or Dom and I both needed it for something, the certificate of marriage is also legal proof of marriage.
I don't even want to talk about how hard it is to start signing your married name. I keep having had to redo paperwork cause I accidentally signed it Martin instead of Simone. Slowly but surely I am getting there!
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.