Congratulations, you’ve just got married! After all that planning and sorting and organising, you’ve had the best day. But now to married life and that comes with its own admin and sorting if you are changing your name! But where do you start?
Who do I need to tell that I have changed my name?
It’s easy to think of the ones that relate to your identity first so driving licence and passport. It doesn’t cost anything to change your name on your driving licence and you can still drive whilst you wait for it to come back, check out the details here. Then there’s the bank. And work, let the HR department know at work and this should filter through to a payroll and possibly IT, to update your email address.
What about your personal email address, will you be changing that and diverting your old email account to that? I did, it took a while for me to unsubscribe from emails with my old email and add my new one but slowly and surely I got there! It was a good excuse to weed out some of the subscriptions I no longer wanted.
I think the best thing to remember is that it is a process that takes a bit of time. Don’t get overwhelmed with a big list and think you have to do it all now. Below is a list of all the organisations and things to think of when changing your name. The thing that prompted this blog was that still 2 years after getting married I had forgotten to tell someone about my name change! Work through the list at your own pace and prioritise the more urgent ones.
TOP TIP: I would recommend you get another copy or 2 of your marriage certificate (you can order these before the big day if you remember). Having extra copies means you always keep one and never have to send the only copy you have, just in case it doesn’t come back.
Good luck and enjoy married life.