Guess what I received in the mail yesterday? My new social security card! That’s right folks, I am officially a Mrs. And what am I going to do to celebrate? Well, I’m going to write this post, of course! Now let me be clear: when I say “The Dalmatian Guide…” I do not mean to claim ownership. All of the helpful tips in this post are thanks to the incredible, amazing, crazy-organized Sister Dalmatian a.k.a. MOH A.
Knowing that I was crazy busy moving and starting a new job immediately after the honeymoon, Mama Dalmatian asked MOH A to share with me any tips she had about changing names since she went through the process a year ago. Now, most people would probably write up a quick email or have a quick phone conversation and share a thing or two about what they did. However, that is not MOH A’s style. So what did I receive in my inbox? Okay, I’ll stop making you answer questions. What I received in my inbox was a three page document perfectly outlining the steps to changing your name. So, here you have it—MOH A’s Guide to Changing Your Name (in true perfectionist style, this came to me personalized with links to our particular county clerk, etc., but for the sake of the wider audience I have edited it to be slightly more generic):
Step 1: Marriage Certificate
– Request a few copies of your marriage certificate from the county clerk. You really only need one or two, but maybe get three to be safe. (Note: for the Davidson County clerk we had to pay per copy, so we stuck with two copies).
Step 2: Social Security Administration