Once the excitement of your wedding day has died down, it’s time to begin your new normal life. For many, this includes going through the process to officially change your name to your married name.
1) Get your Marriage License
You will need either the original marriage license or a certified copy. If you were married in Frederick County, you can obtain certified copies from the Records Department in person or by mail.
2) Go to the Social Security Administration
To change your name with the SSA, you will need documents proving your legal name change, in this case your marriage license; your identity, usually your driver’s license; and possibly your citizenship, with your birth certificate or other documents. Complete an application for a Social Security card and take or mail these documents to your local social security office (in Frederick County: Suite N, 5340 Spectrum Drive, Frederick, MD 21703). You should receive your card within 10 business days.
3) Get a new Driver’s License
With your new social security card, your marriage license and your old driver’s license, visit an MVA office in person, within 30 days to change your name.
4) Change your Bank Accounts
Most banks require you to appear in person, with you new driver’s license, to update your accounts to your new name.
5) Inform your Employer/Payroll
Contact your company’s Human Resources Department to change your name on your work records and benefits information.
6) Fill in the blanks
Once you have changed your name on your social security card and your driver’s license, use those to change your name elsewhere, including:
- landlord or mortgage company
- post office
- utility companies
- credit cards
- School/Alumni association
- doctor’s/dentist office
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