Typically, no. A certified copy of your marriage certificate or divorce judgment serves as "proof" of your name change, and can be used when you register your new name with government, business and financial agencies.
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However, if your husband would like to change his name, or if you'd like a new last name that is completely different from either your maiden name or your spouse's name, most states will require you to file a formal name change petition with the court. If this describes your situation, please continue with the questionnaire.