Even if your new marriage license says you are now his Mrs., there are many other legal documents you should update. If you haven’t contacted some of the important agencies you and your spouse may have problems when tax season rolls around.
Social Security Administration: Contacting the SSA should most likely be the first step a now married tax payers should take. Simply visit your local SSA office and request a SS-5, which is an Application for a Social Security Card. Hand over your marriage license (for proof) and explain that you would like to be issued a new card with your married last name. This form can also be found on the Social security website by following the link www.socialsecurity.gov
DMV: I KNOW... I know the lines of horror at the DMV! But making a trip to the D.M.V. is the only way to change your D.L. (There is a fee so make sure you have all documents needed and forms of payment available)
Changing your Passport: (wait till after honeymoon if ticket has already been issued to your maiden name) If needing to change your name on your passport it is important to know that if it is within one year or less of the issue date you will NOT be charged but if it is more you will. To change your name on your passport within a year or less of its issue date you will need to complete a Form DS-5504, this form can be obtained online at , through a passport agency, or a Acceptance Facility. If you need to expedite the process because you are going overseas for your honeymoon keep in mind there is an addition charge of $60. More information can be found on www.travel.state.gov
Don’t forget to notify your employers (how could they NOT know though you’ve been gushing a bout the big day for months). However it is essential that HR knows for tax and payroll purposes. And Brides please remember that when issued a Marriage License you still must reach out to all important agencies to confirm your new name change.