Oh, the Woes of Changing Your Identity

After the wedding, I spent weeks contacting everyone who sends me mail, trying to get my name changed. Some were as easy as making a phone call, while others required official copies of my marriage license. The list was so long that, five years later, I still receive mail addressed to my former name.

Modern brides who choose to keep their maiden names gloat over the post-wedding bliss that is free from filling out and filing endless paperwork, having circular phone conversations with computers and making frustrating trips to government buildings.

If you are one of the 3 million American women who is willingly undergoing the time-consuming and pricy process of changing their identities after they get married, then check out these important resources to get this enormous task quickly crossed off your to-do list.


Using a name changing service, such as MissNowMrs.com, can save you hours and hours of frustration.

MissNowMrs.com, which estimates that a newlywed bride spends an average of 13 hours changing her name, charges a very reasonable $30 for an all-in-one kit that helps you send the right notifications to the companies that distribute your credit cards, utilities, paychecks and retirement accounts. The service even has forms to take care of your driver license, social security, medical card, bank accounts, frequent flyer accounts and passport so that you are ready to jet off to paradise on your honeymoon hassle-free.

If money is more important to you than time, the IRS offers five tips for changing your name after the wedding. Most importantly, your tax return documents must match the name on your Social Security Administration records. You will need to fill out Form SS-5 with the SSA and submit an official copy of your marriage certificate.


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