How to change your last name in Florida after getting married

How to change your last name in Florida after getting married

Step by Step Guide

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This is something people often don’t think about until it’s official. This process may seem  stressful and feel overwhelming, but don’t worry, we will walk you through this step by step process.

Below is the list of the 4 major steps to How to change your last name in Florida after getting married. 

Step #1 Marriage Certificate

Your First Step in changing your last name in Florida after you are married is receiving your marriage license. You can not change your last name until you have the official copy.

This is after it has been sent to Tallahassee and then sent back to you with the sealed stamp making it official. This process (which should be told by your wedding officiant) can take anywhere from 3-4 weeks. 

Unfortunately there is no express delivery options available on Marriage Certificates. 

Step #2 Social Security

Once you receive your Florida marriage licence then you can take the certificate to your local Social Security office.

Unfortunately, you will have to physically go to the office as online applications do not yet apply. 

Your Social Security number will stay the same, there is no charge for a new social security card in Florida but check on your State as it may be different. You can use the Field Office Locator

Step #3 Driver License Office

Once you have completed steps 1 and 2. Your next step is to take your forms to the department of motor vehicles (DMV) and provide them with these forms. 

Again, this must be done in person and not available online. 

Forms needed for Name Change for the DMV

  • Your Florida driver license or ID card.
  • Proof of your U.S. citizenship or legal presence, such as your:
    • Valid U.S. passport.
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy).
    • Certificate of naturalization N-550 or N-570.
  • Proof of your current name, such as your:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Divorce decree.
    • Court order.
  • Proof of Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
    • Social Security card.
    • W-2 form.
    • Ineligibility letter from the SSA and 1 document from the GatherGoGet list.
  • Proof of your Florida residency (2 documents), such as a recent:
    • Utility bill.
    • Bank statement.
    • School record or transcript.
  • Payment for the $25 fee

While you’re at the DMV, also change your name on your vehicle title and registration as well as your voter registration records.

Step #4 Bank Account

If you are opening a joint account, then you both will need to be there for this one, make sure to bring your new ID, Social Card and Marriage certificate.

Don’t forget to order new checks, new debit cards.

Depending on your bank there might be some additional fees for this process. 

The Big Steps Should Now be Taken Care Of

Some Minor Name Change Steps You Shouldn't Overlook

Once you have taken care of the bigger steps in How to change your last name in Florida after getting married listed above, some items that you should also update as soon as possible are: 

  • Credit card companies

  • Electric and other utility companies

  • Employers/payroll

  • Post office (if your address has changed too)

  • Schools and alumni associations

  • Mortgage or Landlord office

  • Insurance companies (auto, home, life)

Life Advice:

We know that giving away your last name may be a big thing. You have literally had your name since birth! You might encounter some mixed feelings and emotions about this process. 

Please know that you two are now one. Your family has started since the moment you said “I Do” and these feeling will quickly fade away! 

Last Tip: 

PRACTICE YOUR SIGNATURE! 

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