Hi hive! Mrs. Penguin here. I’ve been married for 8 years, and as the years have ticked on by, I’d always left one big “to do” on my post-wedding checklist: changing my name. I’d always intended to take Mr. Penguin’s last name, going so far as to change all my email signatures and what not. But as far as the legal part was concerned, I just didn’t have the patience to figure out not just how to do it, but what steps to take, and in which order. As you’ve probably heard from anyone that’s changed their name, it’s a big freakin’ pain if you’re navigating the waters on your own. Frankly, it’s not one of those processes that I felt like DIYing—there is too much time and research that had to go into it that I really didn’t want to go through. I went so far as to purchase a name change package from a company (now defunct), but even the kit that they sent via snail mail still felt like a big enough hassle that I just forgot about it.
If you’re the procrastinating type like I am, or you just don’t feel like navigating this confusing and time consuming process on your own, there’s finally a resource out there—namechangeresources.org—that TRULY walks you through the process, and even better, automatically fills out as many forms as necessary to change your name everywhere that it needs to be changed. Sure, there are a few other places that offer somewhat similar services, but here’s why this service is the best name change service on the market.
- It’s instantaneous. Unlike namechangeresources.org, the major name change websites mail you a packet to fill out, which delays your name change process by at least 10 days. (Who has time for that?)
- It saves you time. You fill out your info once, and they automatically complete your Social Security, IRS, and US Passport forms for you!. Instead of writing the exact same information over and over, you only have to do it once.
- It’s customizable. They also provide the relevant state and miscellaneous forms as needed, such as USPS, certified marriage records, driver license, vehicle registration, voter registration, etc.
- It’s user friendly. A step-by-step guide walks you through the whole process, so you’re never lost or confused.
- You can fill the forms out on your own time. If you make a mistake when entering your information or need to come back for any reason, everything is saved and you can easily edit your forms without having to start from scratch.
- It’s more affordable. At just $49 for the marriage package, it’s less expensive than its competitors.
I went through the process myself this week and it couldn’t have been easier. I filled out about 5 minutes worth of general information on the site, and namechangeresources.org instantaneously spit out a tidy, printable PDF package for me containing name change forms for the following:
- Social Security Administration
- U.S. Passport
- Voter Registration for my state
- Notice of Name Change (for any other offices, like bank, credit card, etc.) that require that form.
While there are a few places you can’t avoid going into the actual office to change your name, there are many that you can simply mail in (with clear instructions provided). It really can’t get easier than that and after eight years, I’m finally glad to have started the process to put this pesky task to bed.
This post was sponsored and reviewed by namechangeresources.org —all opinions within are my own.