Want to take your partner's name? Here is a great article that will keep you on track and make sure nothing slips through the cracks when changing your last name after your wedding. Once you receive the marriage license you can then begin the somehwat extensive process. Follow these steps to successfully change your last name.
Source: The Knot
Just because you have a marriage license with your new last name doesn't mean you've officially changed your name. Sorry to break it to you but that's really just the first step. And you thought that was the hard part—wait until you see the lines at the social security office and motor vehicle bureau! There is a shortcut, though, you can make it easy on yourself and get the Name Change Kit on TheNest.com. Want to do it the hard way, see below.
1. Get your marriage license
Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal and your new last name on it. Call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you.
2. Change your Social Security card
Visit the Social Security Administration's website and fill out the application for a new Social Security card. You'll keep the same number -- just your name will be different. Mail in your application to the local Social Security Administration office. You should get your new card within 10 business days.
3. Change your license at the DMV
Take a trip to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new license with your new last name. Bring every form of identification you can lay your hands on -- your old license, your certified marriage license and -- most important -- your new Social Security card.
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