Trying to understand how to change your name in Colorado? Use this step-by-step guide created by the name change experts at MissNowMrs. Knowing your state-specific process will save you a great deal of time!
The Colorado Name Change Process
1. Social Security Administration
The best place to state filing for your new name is with the Social Security Administration. Simply complete the SS-5 form and file it in-person or by mail. Typically you will receive your new social security card in the mail 2 weeks after your form is filed. It’s important to note that while your name on your SS card changes, your social security number remains the same.
2. Internal Revenue Service
Newlyweds are not required to notify the IRS of their new names. But, we highly recommend filing the IRS 8822 form. It’s only a few questions and free to file by mail. Most importantly, it ensures that the IRS knows your new married name when they issue tax returns.
3. United States Passport
The State Department has three different passport forms. The status of your passport directs whether you complete the DS-11, DS-82 or the DS-5504 form. You can file the DS-11 and DS-82 by mail. But, the DS-5504 must be filed in-person.
When you file for your new passport be sure to include your completed form with a certified marriage certificate, two 2×2 photos, and the appropriate fee. You should receive your new passport in the mail approximately 5-6 weeks after filing your form. If you submitted your old passport in your filing, you will get it back with a hole punch through it.
4. Colorado Driver’s License
To change your name on your driver’s license in Colorado you should first file for your new Social Security card and wait 24 hours. Then head to a state DMV office, as a county office cannot process a name change.you will need to go to a state DMV office. Heads up: the Colorado DMV only accepts cash or checks for their processing fee!
5. Colorado Voter Registration
It’s easy to change your name on your voter registration in Colorado. Simply complete your Colorado Voter Registration form and mail it to the Colorado Department of State. Be sure to include a photocopy of your new driver’s license or a utility bill showing your new married name.
6. All Non-Government Entities
After you’ve filed your forms for your state and federal forms of ID, it’s time to tell your creditors about your name change. Start with your employer, followed by mortgage providers, loan providers, utilities and professional license boards. Then move on to your banks, credit cards, insurance providers, memberships, and frequent flyer programs. Many creditors will change the name associated with your account over the phone. But, some will need you to complete a form and show your certified marriage certificate as proof of your marriage.
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