Once you get married legally in Las Vegas, sometimes brides, grooms or both want to make a name change. Contrary to what some couples believe, this isn’t automatic with the marriage license! You may need to do a little more paperwork after the honeymoon. Here we’ve made things easier for you with this to-do list that makes the whole operation a piece of (wedding) cake. Below you’ll find all the steps to follow–and do them in order–when you are planning to change one or both of your last names. (If you need instructions on how to get your marriage license in Las Vegas before the wedding, go to: http://blog.vivalasvegasweddings.com/2017/03/how-to-get-your-marriage-license-in-las-vegas/
1. Change your name on your social security card. Be sure to do this first, because you’ll need this to make other name changes elsewhere.
Visit the Social Security Administration’s website and fill out the application for a new social security card. That’s all you need to do. Your social security number remains the same–only the name will be different. It takes only a few days to get your new card.
2. Change the name on your driver’s license at your local DMV.
You may need to visit your Department of Motor Vehicles office in person to get a new license. Bring your old license, your certified marriage license and your new social security card.
3. Change your bank accounts to your new name.
Go to your nearest branch in person and bring along your new driver’s license and your marriage license. You’ll want to order new checks and debit and credit cards while you’re at it. If you’ve grown tired of a bank that’s been subjecting you to a lot of extra fees, this might be a good time to open a brand new account in another bank that doesn’t charge fees!
4. Other name changes to think about:
Once you have your new social security card and driver’s license in your married name, all you need to do is figure out what other accounts–utility companies and the like– need updating. Some changes can be made by a phone call, although some companies may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Most of the changes can be made over time as bills arrive in the mail. The bill itself will serve as a reminder to make name changes. Most important of all, be sure to tell your employer so your new name will appear on their payroll!
If this sounds too complicated or time consuming, you also can pay a small fee to companies you’ll find online (type in “Name Change Kit”) and you can do it all with only one form to fill out.
Best wishes to all our newly married and newly-named couples from Viva Las Vegas Weddings!