Wondering how to change your name in Maine? You’re reading the right article! The MissNowMrs name change experts put together this step by step guide to help you change your name with all of the state and federal government agencies. The goal? To save you time and hassle.
The Maine Name Change Process
1. The Social Security Administration
Ready to say “I do” to your married name? Fill out the SS-5 form and file it with your current driver’s license or U.S. passport, a certified marriage certificate, and $0. There is no fee to file this name change form!
2-3 weeks after your form is processed your new social security card will come in the mail. The card will have you new married name and your original SSN on it.
2. The Internal Revenue Service
Changing your name with the IRS is next on your list. Complete the IRS 8822 form and file it by mail with a photocopy of your certified marriage certificate. This form is not required and has no filing fee. But, it insures the agency knows your maiden and married names to prevent confusion when tax refunds are issued. We consider it a total no-brainer!
3. The State Department
Now it’s onto changing your name on your U.S. passport. The State Department has three different forms, depending on your current passport status. The DS-11, the DS-82, and the DS-5504. After filling out the appropriate form, file it with your current passport, a certified of your marriage certificate, two passport photos, and the listed processing fee.
Usually, U.S. passports take 5-6 weeks to be processed and issued. So, be sure to take any upcoming international travel into account, before changing your name on your passport. TSA does not allow you to travel under a name that is different from your current reservation.
4. The Maine DMV
To change your name on your driver’s license, first file for your new SS card. Five days after filing, you can head to the Maine DMV. You will need to complete a brief form and sign it in front of the clerk. Be sure to bring your current license, marriage certificate, and your certified birth certificate or U.S. passport. The fee for your new license is $5, and it will be issued the same day you apply!
5. The Maine Voter Registration Bureau
To vote under your married name in Maine, you will need to complete a voter registration application. Then, simply mail it to the Elections Division in Augusta. They will update your name in their system so you are all set for the next election.
6. ALL of Your Creditors and Accounts
Now that your government forms are filed, it’s time to focus on your creditors. We advise starting with your employer and your banking institutions. Usually, they will ask you to file a form in-person and show a certified copy of your marriage certificate (and occasionally your new SS card.)
Next, update your name with your loan providers, credit card companies, mortgage providers, utilities, and professional licensing boards. A majority of them will change your name by phone, or via an online form. Finally, change your name on of your accounts, memberships, periodicals, frequent flyer programs, and on social media. Each company’s policy will vary, but many will allow you to login and make the update on your own.
7. The Easiest Way to Change Your Name in Maine
Do the in’s and out’s of how to change in Maine cause the need for you to take deep calming breaths? We’ve got you covered! Use the MissNowMrs name change app or online service to streamline your name change. Don’t waste 13 hours researching forms, filling them out, and figuring out the filing process for your state. With MissNowMrs you’ll be done in a matter of minutes!