Granted, I changed it pre-COVID, but it was very easy. First you change it with Social Security. You should call your local office, but you should just need to mail in the form (available for free online) and your marriage license. Once you get your new social security card, you can change your driver's license. After that I changed my passport (also free form available online) and basically everything else (utility accounts, bank accounts, credit cards, work, etc.).
Super easy. I went to the social security office with my marriage license and ID and was in and our in less than 30 minutes. I received my new SS card within 1 week. Then I went to the DMV to get a new drivers license and received my new ID within 1 week. Finally, I went to my bank to change my name there. Everything else I was able to do online. I had everything changed in 2 weeks. I will say, this was pre-Covid.
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Yep! Also, a lot of places accepted a scanned copy of my marriage license and new driver's license through email. So that made changing things like my electric bill a million times easier.
In the process of changing mine now! It’s been very easy so far but a little time consuming. Since social security offices are closed, everything has to be done via mail which is taking a bit longer. I mailed in my marriage certificate 3 weeks ago. I received my marriage license back last week with a note saying my new social card would be mailed separately. I’m still waiting on that but hoping it gets here by the end of the week.
Fingers crossed the lines at the DMV aren’t insane once I go!
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Does the SD Card need to be updated before going to the DMV? I have an appointment at the DMV this week and haven't started the process with the ssa. I asked a friend and she told me I don't need to change my last name in the SSA before going to the DMV. Could soenone help?
That didn't used to be the requirement but now I believe you do need to change with SSA first. I would check with the specific rules of your state though, maybe each state is different? In my state it is a must that you go to SSA first now.
I've had my name changed during Covid, last month actually and it is taking a little more time since offices aren't back to working 100% staff in office. It's not hard but for SSA you have to mail in everything since they aren't taking name change appointments in person yet (At least in Maryland they aren't). Even with mail, I still received my new SSA card in exactly 2 weeks