I got married on June 19th and I am trying to figure out where to start with my name change. I saw a website called updatemyname.com but i’m scared to do it in case it turns out to be a scam. Has anyone tried it? I don’t know if I should do it myself or find some sort of program/website like that one that would handle it for me for a fee. Any advice or recommendations will gladly be accepted ESPECIALLY from past Florida brides who have gone through this process in our state. Thank you!
The process for changing your name is similar across states. The first step is to change it with the Social Security Administration. You can either mail in your documents to your local office or go in person if they are open. Then you can change your driver's license and passport (if you have one). Once you complete those, you can change it on credit cards/bank accounts, utility accounts, etc. I'm in NJ, but all the places after my driver's license, like credit card companies and such, were satisfied by me emailing scanned copies of my updated driver's license and marriage certificate. The difference is going to be in what kind of proof you need for the DMV, as that varies by state. The information can usually be found on the websites.
I used a site called NewlyNamed and I don't regret it. It pre-filled my info except for things like my SS # and other sensitive info like that and provided me checklists/step by step directions. A lot of people will tell you it's not worth it when you can do it for free, but for my peace of mind it was.
I’m also doing newly named. They have one where they print the forms for you which is more expensive. The cheaper one is all PDFs and you print if yourself. I think the peace of mind and 30 is worth not having the stress of doing it in the wrong order and searching on all the gov websites for the right forms.