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While you may still be basking in that newlywed glow, be warned — your job is not over. From thank-you cards and wedding announcements to photo album creations and photo printing, there's even more left to do for those new brides looking to change their last name. To make it a bit easier, we've created a guide to changing your last name for New Jersey brides wanting to officially change their names, and become a legal Mrs.
Changing your last name is, we admit it, a bit of a pain-in-the-you-know-what process. First things first, you must head over to your local Social Security office. Assuming you already have a social security card, you will be applying for a "corrected" card. For this, you will need proof of your identity (U.S. driver's license, state-issued non-driver identification card or U.S. passport), an original copy of your marriage license, and an application for a social security card (available at www.SSA.gov) Bring these documents to the office, and they'll take care of the rest. But, you're not done!
After you receive your new Social Security Card in the mail (TIP: If you live in an apartment, be sure your mailbox is clearly labeled with your new last name to ensure delivery) you can now change your name at the Motor Vehicle Commission (previously known as the DMV). Make sure you have your documents for the 6 Point ID Verification (at least one primary ID, at least one secondary ID, social security number and proof of address) your current license with your maiden name, and your marriage certificate. Say cheese, flash that newlywed smile, and you'll have your new driver's license in no time.
Once your name change is official on your new Social Security card and NJ Driver's License, it's legal and official! Now, you have to let everyone else know about your new name. We recommend making a list of everyone that needs to know (banks, your job, health insurance, credit cards, post office, car insurance, passport, doctor, etc.) and tackle these one at a time. While it may seem overwhelming, staying organized throughout this process is key. Before you know it, you'll be a Mrs. everywhere you go.
If this all sounds like too much for you, there are new startups that have recently begun offering name-change services for busy new brides. Check out Miss Now Mrs., I'm A Mrs., HitchSwitch, or Name Change Express, just to name a few.