Trying to figure out how to change your name in DC? The married name change process in our nation’s capital can be tricky. So, the MissNowMrs experts created this checklist to help you fight through the red tape.
The DC Married Name Change Process
Social Security Administration
To begin changing your name in DC, start with the Social Security Administration. You will need to file the SS-5 form either in-person or by mail to update your Social Security card. Approximately 2 weeks after processing your request, your new card will arrive in the mail. Your name will change on your Social Security account, but your number will remain the same.
Internal Revenue Service
Next, file to update your name with the IRS. The IRS 8822 form is brief, and free to file. While this form is not required, it assures that you will receive your tax returns in your married name. In our expert opinion, it’s well worth the stamp to have peace of mind!
To change your name on your U.S. passport, you will need to file the DS-11, DS-82 or the DS-5504 form. The DS-81 and DS-5504 forms can be filed by mail. But, if you are filing for your first passport, you will need to file ther DS-11 in-person at a local Passport Office.
All passport forms need to be filed with a certified marriage certificate, two 2×2 photos, and the appropriate fee. If your current passport is less than a year old, it’s free to file for a new name with the State Department! How’s that for motivation to file immediately?
Washington DC Driver’s License
The DC DMV must see your new SS card with your married to process your name change paperwork. So, keep that in mind as you plan your name change timeline. Also, be sure to bring your certified marriage certificate and proof of DC residence.
Insider tip: The DC DMV does not accept American Express cards as a method of payment. So, be sure to bring an alternate credit card, check, or cash to pay your processing fee of $7.
Washington DC Voter Registration
The process to change your name on your DC voter registration is straight forward. Simply complete the DC Voter Registration Application and mail it to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. This ensures that they have your new married name on file for the next election.
Once you have filed all of your state and federal forms, it’s time to notify your creditors of your new married name. Start by notifying your employer, banks, and mortgage/loan providers. Most of these creditors will require you to file in-person with your new Social Security card and your certified marriage certificate.
Then, move on to changing your name with your credit card companies, utility providers, insurance providers, professional licenses, investment agencies, and memberships. Typically, these entities will allow you to change your name over the phone, or by filing a form by mail. Once all of your creditors have changed your name, you are officially done!
DC Married Name Change Made Easy
Now that you know more about how to change your name in DC, how do you feel? If you’re taking deep calming breaths… there’s no need to panic. You can use the MissNowMrs name change app or online service to save 13 hours on your name change process! Our offices are located in DC, so we’ve got you covered!