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11 Places to Change Your Name After You Get Married

So you just got married, the confetti has settled and you’re ready to start using your new name, but where do you start?

Read on to find out where you should change your name and how to go about it.

Facebook

Lets start with the easiest change! Log into your account, click on the down arrow at the top right hand corner then select settings. This will bring you to the General Account Settings where you can edit your name. You can only change your name on Facebook every 60 days so make sure you spell your new surname correctly!

If like me you’re changing your name in the airport, waiting for your honeymoon flight, and only have your phone, you can change your name using the app too. Click in the three horizontal lines in the bottom right hand corner then scroll down to settings then general.

Banks – including savings accounts, mortgage provider and credit cards

The next place I changed my name was at my banks. This was very straight forward, I just popped into the branch with my bank card and marriage certificate and they did the rest.

Driving Licence

I’ll admit to not having done this yet, because you need your marriage certifacate to be send away for up to 6 weeks, and as we only requested one copy, we’ve needed it for other things in the mean time. The process is pretty simple and is free. You need to complete a D1 form (D2 if you drive a lorry, minibus or bus) which you can request here then send the completed form with your marriage certificate and driving licence to the DVLA.

If you own your own car you’ll need to change your V5C too by filling in section 6 of your log book and sending the whole thing to the DVLA.

Passport

Another change I haven’t made yet, as I’m waiting for my passport to expire and you have to pay £72.50 for a new passport if you want to change your name. We booked our honeymoon in my maiden name and as long as the name on your ticket matched the name on your passport you’re fine to travel. I have heard of people booking their honeymoon in their married name then taking their marriage certificate too, but I haven’t done this myself.

You can change the name on your passport online here. You will need to then send them two new photos, which will only need countersigning if your appearance has changed since your last photos. You will also need to send them your marriage certificate.

If you really want to use your new name on your passport sooner, you can apply for your passport up to three month before you get married, but you wont be able to use it until the day of your ceremony. You will need a signature from the person conducting your ceremony and to fill in the form for newly weds which you can download here

Doctor and Dentist

Just asked to see the marriage certificate at the surgery reception, easy.

Library

I don’t know if anyone else still uses their local library, but if you do, they’ll probably ask to see you marriage certificate too. I forgot mine and lost my library card, but I talked them into changing it and issuing a new card anyway!

Work

My work need to take a copy of my marriage licence to keep paying me, make sure you find out what your work needs you to do!

HMRC

Fill in this online form.

Electoral Role

Fill in this online form.

Professional Bodies or Unions

These will all have their own forms to fill in, so don’t forget to get in touch with them.

Car Insurance

Just give them a call, this will usually incur an administration fee.

I think that’s everything, I hope you’ve found it helpful.

Comment below if you think there’s anything I’ve missed and feel free to share this post with any newly married friends!

Thanks for popping by,

Kimberley x

60 thoughts on “11 Places to Change Your Name After You Get Married

  1. Such a helpful post. I kept finding businesses I’d not changed it with as I went to use store cards etc 😂 I actually changed my passport before I got married (with a special certificate) because my passport ran out before we went on honeymoon #KCACOLS

  2. Oh my goodness, so much admin to do. You can see why people keep their own names – forget Feminism, it is all about the hassle factor. Pen x #KCACOLS

  3. Aw man, I still havent changed my name on my NEXT account (7 years ago) and it confuses me every time! Good reminders here! #kcacols

  4. This is a very helpful post, I think people will often forget some of the places where they need to change their name. Unfortunately I have been engaged for 16 years and never married so still have my maiden name…maybe one day!! #KCACOLS

  5. We got married a couple of months ago and I’ve been putting off making all the changes until we are back from a trip we have planned (for the same passport reason as you) . Until I read this I honestly thought I had to go and legally change my name through deed poll. You’ve saved me from looking rather stupid! Thanks a million x #KCACOLS

  6. Ah yes the joys of changing your name and confusing everyone in the process. Then there’s do you keep your old surname or add it before or after your new one. Then some places deciding it must have a hyphen I digress. I hope you had a lovely day. Your dress looks beautiful. #KCACOLS

  7. Funnily enough I changed my name everywhere but work couldn’t be bothered to hange my login details for our system, so 7 years on i’m still logging in with my maiden name! XD xx #kcacols

  8. Thanks, this is really helpful. I have to change my name with a few places for complicated and boring reasons so having all these links together is really useful. #KCACOLS

  9. I remember this being such a nightmare – there are so many places to inform and they all want to see the original certificate (we only had one!) I’m staggered at places like the library though – when you don’t have to provide that kind of ID to sign up in the first place, it seems overkill to have to provide your marriage certificate just to change your name. Great list for people to work through – thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. How useful! And what a great idea for a post! I never did this (I kept my name), but if I ever decide to do it, having a checklist like this (with links!) is just perfect! Thank you for sharing! #KCACOLS

  11. Very useful! I have been married for 6 years this year and two places still haven’t changed my name. My mobile phone provider because they won’t accept a photo copy of the certificate and they have lost documents in the past so I refuse to send them the real one. And the council tax despite changing it with them 3 times in the past!! Go work that out! #KCACOLS

  12. I love that facebook was first on this list! This will be really helpful for a lot of people as I remember it was an absolute pain in the backside when I got married, and I wish I had made a checklist!

  13. I love that facebook was first on this list! This will be really helpful for a lot of people as I remember it was an absolute pain in the backside when I got married, and I wish I had made a checklist! #KCACOLS

  14. Useful if you want to change our name. Completely forget about social media. But I haven’t changed my name. Clung on to mine like a prized possession! #KCACOLS

  15. I remember updating Facebook from the airport while waiting for our honeymoon flight! This is a useful list of the various places that you need to update your name with if you choose to change your name. I kept my maiden name at work but used my married name outside of work. The only thing that it caused an issue with was DBS checks which couldn’t seem to accept that I used two names. I was surprised by this as I assumed it wasn’t that uncommon for women to do this. I got around the problem eventually but hopefully they’ve made the process easier since then! #sharingthebloglove

  16. Did you know there is also a company now that you can use to help change your name on everything with more efficiency and ease. I’m still changing stuff 7 years down the line lol

    Ps. Congratulations.

  17. I got married before Facebook (that makes me feels so old!) so I didn’t have to do that bit!
    I totally did the same as you with the passport, and waited until it expired!
    Great list #KCACOLS

  18. Ten years later and I still haven’t changed my credit card or passport.. actually my passport is now well out of date but it’s not like I’ll be travelling any day soon! #kcacols

  19. Ahh I remember having to do all this. Funnily enough I think Facebook was one of the first things I changed! 🙂

    I waited until my passport expired before changing to my maiden name as I didn’t want to pay more than I had to. Luckily I didn’t have to take our wedding certificate to work though – they just changed it for me! #KCACOLS

  20. This is so, so helpful, I wish I’d had it when I got married! I remember feeling like all I did for weeks after I got married was contact people to tell them about my name change, and I’m sure there are still a few places that I missed! x #KCACOLS

  21. I lot of things I wouldn’t have thought of on this list. Trying to do all this in Mexico would be next to impossible! No one changes their name here and it would be a burocratic nightmare to try to do it. I kept my own surname when I got married because a) I wanted to (mine is much more original than my husband’s!) and b) it’s just not done in Mexico. One less thing to worry about! #KCACOLS

  22. Oh I remember what a faff it all was – I had to change my passport before I’d even got married because I didn’t have long enough left on my last one to go on honeymoon! I still have a store card credit card in my maiden name because they wanted my original marriage certificate sending as proof and i didn’t trust them to send it back #kcacols

  23. Congratulations! It took my two years to officially change my name on any of my documents, I’m terrible! The passport charge annoyed me as you have to pay full price. A handy list for any new brides #KCACOLS

  24. Thanks for this, useful post! I got married years ago but in a different country and it’s a nightmare to get certain UK bodies to recognise it so for the time being I have maiden name on half my documents and married in others. Very confusing… #KCACOLS

  25. Good advice – there are lots of places to remember! I never changed my name (because I didn’t want to, not just out of laziness!) and an added bonus is not having to remember all the places it needs doing! #KCACOLS

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