If you are planning to change your name after marriage, there are a number of good resources out there that can help you get through the process. I’ve posted a few of the places I used online and my checklist here.
Make sure you order extra certified copies of your marriage certificate. I so far have needed 4 copies. Photocopies are not acceptable to most name change processes.
Social Security: Request a new Social Security card or cards reflecting the name change. You may need this to get a new license. Here is the form and instructions. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.html. You will need to send in an original certified marriage certificate. Within 10 days of filing your name change form, the Social Security Administration will notify the Internal Revenue Service. This is important because if you file a tax return with your new name without the IRS being notified, your return will be rejected.
Passport name change can be expensive. An expedited passport name with overnight delivery (which they recommend) is about $150 and comes in about 2 – 3 weeks. Regular delivery service is $60 but can take up to 6 weeks. http://travel.state.gov/passport/fri/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html
Order replacements for checks, business cards, credit cards and other documents that contain your old name.
Change your name at your place of employment / school.
License / Car: You will likely need to go to the department of motor vehicles for a new driver’s license. You will also likely need a new social security card first.
Change your name on your car registration, car insurance and car title. This site was very helpful: http://www.dmv.org/changing-your-name.php
Utility companies and anyone you get bills from.
Place of Employment
Credit Card Companies
Insurance Companies (Health, Home, Fire, Flood, Vehicle, Renters, Life, etc.)
Doctors (GP, OB/GYN, Dentist, etc.)
Utility Companies (Cable, Phone, Internet, Gas, Electric, etc.)
Cell Phone Company
School, if you are actively enrolled
Club Memberships (Costco, gym, grocery store cards, etc.)