Getting Married or Divorced? Here where to Change your Name.

Getting Married or Divorced? Here where to Change your Name.

March 09, 2022
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So you just got married or divorced. Either way, it's out with the old (name) and in with the new!

Changing your name is a daunting task and as someone who was recently re-married in my late 30s, I feel your pain. I wasn't aware services like existed when I started my process so here's a list of all the places I had to change my name. Hopefully having this list gives you a place to start or maybe it convinces you to pay a service to help you with the process, either way, here's my list so far:

Beyond this point, everyone's process is different and often requires 1-2 of the items above.

  • Financial Accounts
    • Life & Disability Insurance
    • Investment Accounts
    • Banks
    • Credit Cards
    • Mortgage
    • Car, Auto & Liability Insurance
    • Car Title
    • Your Estate Plan--Check in with your attorney about this. 
  • Your Business/ Profession
    • With your office
    • Local Chamber of Commerce
    • Regulatory Entities (for me it's FINRA)
    • Certifying bodies for any certifications or Licenses you hold
    • Business Entities (your State's Secretary of State)
  • Travel
    • TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
    • Any existing Flights directly with the airline
    • Hotel Loyalty Programs
    • Rental Car Loyalty Programs
  • Medical
    • Doctor's Office
    • Medical/ Health Insurance
  • Miscellaneous
    • Gym or Yoga Studio
    • Amazon
    • Loyalty Programs- Grocery Stores, your favorite juice bar, etc
      • All Personal Care Services (Hair Salon, Wax Salon, Spa)
  • Pets (Yes, I suppose I should change Charlie's Last Name to match mine.) 
    • Daycare
    • Groomer
    • Vet
    • Microchip Registry

That's my list so far. I'll update it as I go. Feel free to comment or email me if you have any additions or if something surprised you. 

Also, consider paying a Professional Service and gifting one to a friend who's going to change their name. I'm sure they'll appreciate it!