Looking to learn how to change your name in New Hampshire? You’re reading the right article! The experts at MissNowMrs created this 7 step guide to help you save time and stress as you navigate your name change.
The New Hampshire Name Change Process
1. Social Security
Ready to take the plunge? 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
Next up is notifying the IRS of your new name. Complete the IRS 8822 form, it’s brief but a bit tricky. Then mail it to the appropriate office address listed on the second page with a photocopy of your marriage certificate. You are not required to file this form, but it gives you the peace of mind that the Internal Revenue Service has your maiden and married names on file before tax returns are issued.
3. The State Department
Now it’s time to change your name on your U.S. passport. The State Department has three different forms, depending on your current passport status. They are the DS-11, the DS-82, and the DS-5504. After completing 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. New Hampshire DMV
To change your name on your driver’s license you will need to fill in the New Hampshire Driver’s License Application and bring it to your local DMV. To file, you will also need to present your current license, a certified marriage certificate, and proof of residence if you have moved. New Hampshire is one of the only states that does not charge a fee for name changes!
5. New Hampshire Voter Registration
Changing your name with the NH Voter Registration Bureau is a straight forward process. Complete the New Hampshire Voter Registration Application and mail it to your city or town clerk’s office. No additional supporting documents are needed. Filing this one page form gives you the right to vote under your new married name in all elections.
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. Many 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. Every company’s policy will vary, but many will allow you to login and make the update on your own.
7. The Easy Way to Change Your Name in New Hampshire
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