After the Name Change

After the Name Change

After the formal order granting the name change has been issued, there are a few additional steps necessary to complete the process in an orderly fashion. These all involve notifying any agency or individual that normally deals with you under your former name. Some of the agencies that require notification are:

  • Social Security Administration
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Passport Office
  • Post Office
  • IRS
  • Voter Registration
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Credit Card companies (or issuers)
  • Doctors
  • Insurance companies
  • State Tax Authority
  • Clubs
  • Memberships
  • Employer
  • Retirement plans

You may also need to consider revising your will, trust, living will, and any other personal legal documents. If you do not yet have any of these important documents, LegalZoom can help you create a will, living trust, living will and power of attorney, all without the price of a lawyer.

 
  • Introduction to Changing Your Name
    LegalZoom's education center provides you with the information and resources you need when considering a name change. The Name Change Guide provides general information about changing your name, and the FAQs answer some of the most common questions people ask. This information allows you to make...
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  • Usage vs. Order of Name Change
    In most states, you may change your name by usage. This is accomplished by consistently using the new name in all aspects of your personal, social, and business life, to the point where it in fact becomes the name you are known by when dealing with others. This is legally valid and does not involve...
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  • Reasons for a Name Change
    There are various reasons for requesting a name change. It may be based on events such as divorce, or it may simply be based on dissatisfaction with the name. Some other fairly common reasons include:
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  • Types of Name Change Applications
    There are three types of name change petitions:<.p> Adult This is a name change filed by an adult individual. Minor This is a name change filed by individuals seeking to change the name of a minor. Usually, the petition is filed by the parents or guardian of the child. Family This name change...
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  • Legal Requirements for a Name Change
    The general legal requirements for changing your name are: Residency You must live in the county and state where the name change petition will be filed. In some states, you must have lived in the county and state for a certain time (often at least six months) prior to filing. Legal grounds for a...
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  • Restrictions on a Name Change
    Below are a few of the restrictions placed on new names:
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