Be a supremely organized newlywed! 13 Places to notify of your new name after getting married!

 

You’ve made the trip to the altar and have written your thank you notes (you got those done right away, right?), but there’s one more thing to cross off of your Getting Married To Do List: Changing your name (if that’s what you want to do, of course!).

It’s a lot of fun and work to have a wedding and filling out paperwork and mailing off letters to update institutions with your name change  is likely not at the top of your to do list.  But it’s an important task that you should tackle right away!  If you don’t, you could be setting yourself up for a mistake down the road – read on to discover how my mistake almost cost me $600!  Plus, you want to start off your married life being organized, amiright?

 

So here are the 13 places to notify of your name change now that you’ve tied the knot:

{This is not an exhaustive list, but a pretty good list that should cover just about everything!}

1.  Driver’s License Bureau

2.  IRS and local taxing authorities

3.  Landlord and /or mortgage holder

4.  Schools you’ve attended – Graduate, undergraduate, and high schools

5.  State professional licensing agencies

6.  Professional Associations – Bar Associations, etc.

7.  Insurance companies

8.  Banking, credit union, and credit card institutions that you have an account with or are a member of

9.  Car financing institution

10. Post office box

11.  Other creditors

12.  Voter registration authority

13.  Loyalty and rewards clubs – stores and airlines, etc.

Now this last one is one you might think you can skip, but don’t make the same mistake I did!

I initially did skip changing my name with my grocery store loyal card because I never thought it would make a difference, but it nearly cost me big time!  Here’s why: I answered the phone one day and the caller asked to speak with “Christina Tuggey.”  Now I had been married for about 4 or 5 years at this point, so I thought anyone calling for me by my maiden name was a telemarketer or a scammer. (Dumb, I know)

Not wanting to deal with either of those callers, I told the caller there was no one there by that name.  Lucky for me, they called back the next day, and this time I recognized the voice and as it turned out, I had made a qualifying purchase at the grocery store and my name had been automatically entered to win a television.  Bad news for me was that they were all out of the TVs, and they would have to substitute a Visa gift card for $600!

It took longer than it would’ve normally to get the gift card because I had to send in documents proving that my name had been changed due to getting married and that I was the same person who made the purchase at the store.  I could’ve saved myself a whole lotta trouble if I had taken a few minutes to update my profile on the grocery store’s website soon after I got married.

So there you have it, more than 13 companies, agencies and institutions to remember to send a letter to about your name change.  Of course, you can always hop online and update your profile with and feel pretty good about yourself that you’re *this organized*!   One other benefit of the mass name change notification is looking forward to mail with your new name will soon starting coming in!  I thought that was pretty neat in my days of newlywed bliss.  😉

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