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Congratulations on your wedding! Now that the party is over...its time to get down to business.
The GOD Squad, in conjunction with our Nashville affiliate has teamed up to put together some useful information, that can be downloaded from our site, to help with changing to your NEW NAME.
Information compiled by:
The GOD Squad's Nashville affiliate, Reverend Ralph Griggs
Often brides ask us, “How do I change my name?”
Changing your name is not as hard as some claim, but it’s not as easy as you might think either.
The information is not as readily available as it ought to be. It took hours to find & organize the information in this guide. Time you can spend doing fun things with your partner, rather than making phone calls & searching the Internet.
This E-Z Guide will not waste your time with unnecessary info. It is a get-it-done-and-over-with guide. This guide will save you time, money, and frustration.
Once married, what are my options for changing my name?
◊ Take your husband’s name (traditional)
◊ Keep your name and add your husband’s (hyphenated name)
◊ Keep your name as it is
◊ Your husband takes your name
◊ Come up with an entirely new name (some restrictions)
For some discussion of name change options and the advantages or disadvantages of each option, go to www.theknot.com and run a search for “name change options.”
Once married, what is the process for changing my name?
◊ Start using the name as soon as you are married
◊ Use your chosen new name consistently
◊ Get a certified copy of your marriage license
◊ Change your personal records
Source for info on options & process: Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
REQUEST A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE, IF REQUIRED BY YOUR COUNTY
Some counties in Tennessee provide a Marriage Certificate that your Officiant hands to you at the ceremony. In some counties, this can serve as the official document to change your name. (Memphis/Shelby County is one of these counties)
But in other counties, you’ll need to request a certified copy (or copies - you may want to get two so you want have to wait for the return of one before making another change) of your marriage license. This will save you the frustration of hearing “I’m so sorry. We need a certified copy of your license!”
When you go to get your marriage license, ask for information on getting a certified copy of your marriage license.
[If you already have your license you can call your county clerk and ask for the information. The phone number is listed in the blue pages of your local phone book under your county].
For instance, if you got your marriage license in Davidson County (Nashville), you mail a written request including the bride’s full maiden name, the groom’s name, the date of the marriage and $4 for each copy requested. Checks are payable to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office. Requests are mailed to: Davidson County Clerk’s Office, Attention Marriage Department, 700 Second Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210. Requests are processed and returned the same day they are received. Of course, the clerk’s office must have already received from your Officiant your completed marriage license following your wedding.
CHANGE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE AND SOCIAL SECURITY RECORDS FIRST.
This can make it easier for you to change other records.
Some routinely accept these forms of identification more so than a marriage license.
To change your driver’s license record
In Tennessee, you cannot do this online or by mail. You must go in person to a branch of the Department of Safety (where you got your driver’s license to start with).
You must bring your current driver’s license and a certified copy of your marriage license.
The new license will cost you $8 (if this is your first duplicate license).
Walk in, tell them what you need to do, and they will give you an “Application for Tennessee Driver License” form to complete.
: When changing your driver’s license you can also update your voter registration information. You will indicate on your “Application for Tennessee Driver License” form that you want to update your voter registration and they will automatically give you a voter registration form to complete.
: Vehicle registrations can also be taken care while you are at the Dept. of Safety. If your car(s) are paid off, you need to bring the title and your certified copy of your marriage license. If your car(s) are owed by a lien, bring the name & address of the lien holder and your certified copy of your marriage license. The cost per auto registration is $8.
: Your driver license update automatically updates handgun carry permit information. Additional information is available at: http://www.state.tn.us/safety/dlfaqs.html
To change your Social Security record
Complete & sign Form SS-5 in BLUE or BLACK (do not use pencil or other ink colors). To get your Form SS-5 go to: http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html
You may leave items 5, 8B and 9B blank.
Include with your completed form your proof of identity. That means one (or more) documents which identify you by the OLD NAME (on their records) and your NEW NAME. Proof of identity would be your marriage certificate. It must be the original or “copies certified by the custodian of record.” They will not accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.
Note: In place of a certified copy of your marriage license they will accept two other identity documents, one in your old name and one in your new name (each must be of recent issuance & preferably have a photograph). Examples of acceptable identity documents they will accept include: driver’s license, employer ID card, passport, health insurance card, military record, life insurance policy, school ID card, etc.. They will not accept a birth certificate, hospital birth record, social security card or card stub, or social security record.
Mail your application & document(s) to any Social Security office. Your documents will be returned to you. If you don’t want to mail your original documents, you can do this in person at any Social Security office
Note: This service is free. If some company contacts you and wants to charge you to do this, know that they are not with SSA and should be reported.
For further information or questions you may have, go to:
http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
STEP THREECHANGE ALL YOUR OTHER RECORDS
Internal Revenue Service
: You do not have to immediately notify the IRS of a name change. However, you do have to notify them of any address change on Form 8822, and on line 5 there is a place where you can go ahead notify them of your name change. All you need to do is to write in your former name. If you do not have an address change, when you do your next year’s taxes, use your new name so that it will match with your name change records with Social Security. The IRS looks for this match, and it will as they say “prevent delays in processing your return and issuing refunds. It also safeguards your future social security benefits.”
Mail your completed form to: Internal Revenue Service, Memphis, TN 37501
Get you Form 8822 and other information at:
U. S. Post Office
:You do not have to change your name with the post office. But if you’ve moved, you’ll want all your mail still going to your old address in your former name forwarded to you. You can change your address online. Go to http://www.usps.gov and click on the “Change Address” link at the top.
You’ll also find there other links you may want to use. One is the Change of Address postcards for purchase. Another is “Allconnect” which “offers a free & simple service that helps you select, order and track your utility, communications, and other home services from brand name providers you know and trust!”
If you prefer, you can drop by a post office and complete your change of address form there.
U. S. Passport
Note: If you’re planning a trip right after your wedding, don’t do this before the wedding. Passport name, ticket name and all other travel documents must match. Travel with your maiden name.
If your passport is current, you can change your name by completing the Amendment Form DS-19, and by submitting your certified copy of your marriage license, along with your old passport.
Mail your completed amendment form, old passport, and certified copy of your marriage license to:
Charleston Passport Center
1269 Holland Street
Charleston, SC 29405
Your documents will be returned and there is no fee for this service.
Note: “The forms you print must be clear and sharp. Applications that are blurred or illegible will not be accepted. They must be printed in black print on white paper. The paper must be 8 ½ inches by 11 inches, with no holes or perforations, at least medium (20lb) weight and with a matte surface. Thermal paper, dye-sublimation paper, special inkjet paper, and other shiny papers are not acceptable.”
Go to the website below to download your Amendment Form DS-19.
If your passport has expired, has been lost or stolen, read the instructions for what else you must do.
Different financial entities may have differing requirements, but generally you can use the Name Change for Client - Financial / Utilities form (E-Z Guide, p. 7), and include a copy of your certified marriage license. If they have special forms or requirements, they will let you know.
Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Medical Plans, Physicians
Generally, use the Name Change - Medical (E-Z Guide p. 8). Again, if there are additional requirements, they will let you know.
Club Memberships, Associations, Colleges, etc
Generally, use the Name Change - Membership Organizations form (E-Z Guide p. 9).
A phone call may do or use the Name Change for Client - Financial / Utilities (E-Z Guide p. 7)
Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Other Legal Documents
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