Considering changing your name in Virginia? Every state has a different set of forms, requirements, and filing order to navigate as newlyweds. Fortunately, as name change experts, we’ve listed a few tips to make your Virginia name change as simple as possible!
Virginia Marriage License
Before you get married, you will need to apply for a marriage license. If you have questions about applying for yours, read these four Virginia Marriage License tips. Your marriage license will be signed by the clergy member or officiant who performs your wedding. He or she will then send to the county clerk’s office.
Approximately two weeks later, you will receive your certified marriage certificate from the county clerk’s office. This is the legal document or “proof” of your marriage that you will need to file your name change paperwork. We highly recommend requesting 1-2 additional certified copies of your marriage certificate. Why? So you are able to file multiple name change forms at the same time.
Once you have your certified marriage certificate the first federal name change form to complete is the SS-5 form with Social Security. You will need to file it with all required accompanying documents. These documents include your certified marriage certificate and your driver’s license, or U.S. passport. Two weeks after filing your SS-5 form, you will receive your new Social Security Card with your new name in the mail.
The next name change form on your to-do list is the IRS 8822 form. Despite its name, this form updates the IRS of your new legal name. Not just your new address. You need to notify the IRS of your new married name, so they don’t hold your tax returns while they investigate. In our opinion, it’s totally worth completing this short, free form to ensure zero Tax Day drama!
Changing your name on your U.S. passport involves completing the DS-11, DS-82, or the DS-5504. The DS-81 and DS-5504 forms can be filed by mail. But, if you’ve never had a passport, you will need to file your DS-11 form in-person at a local Passport Office. All offices require you to file your completed form with a certified marriage certificate, two 2×2 photos, and the appropriate filing fee. There’s good news! If you’ve had your current passport for less than 12 months, it’s free to file for a new passport with your new name. It’s like a wedding gift from the State Department!
Virginia Driver’s License
Wait 48 hours after filing for your new Social Security card before filing for your new name on your Virginia Driver’s license. Bring your completed forms, proof of residence, your current driver’s license, and $20 for the filing fee. The best times to file for your Virginia driver’s license are mid-month, mid-week, and mid-morning. Avoid going to the DMV at the beginning of the month. And avoid going before and after a holiday weekend to miss out on massive lines!
Now that you’ve completed the necessary state and federal name change forms, it’s time to notify your creditors of your new married name. Be sure to notify your banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, mortgage provides, student loan providers, professional license boards, employers, insurance companies, medical providers, memberships, etc. As a newlywed with a new name, you basically need to notify the entire world of your new name.
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