Searching for information on how to change your name in Oklahoma? The name change experts at MissNowMrs wrote this 7 step guide to help you! Use their tips to cut through the red tape of navigating your name change with federal and Oklahoma state government agencies.
The Oklahoma Name Change Process
1. Your Social Security Card
The first place to change your name after marriage is with the Social Security Administration. Fill out the SS-5 form and decide if you want to file in person or by mail. You will need to file with your certified marriage certificate and either your Oklahoma driver’s license or your U.S. Passport. Fortunately, there is no fee to file this form!
Two to three weeks after your form is filed, you will receive your new SS card in the mail. It will show your new married name, but your SSN will stay the same.
2. The IRS
Next up is updating your name with the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS 8822 form is only 11 questions. Plus this form can be filed by mail for free. While it is not required, this form makes sure the IRS knows your new married name when they issued tax returns. We think it’s totally worth the peace of mind!
3. Your Passport
The third federal place to change your name is the State Department. The status of your passport determines if you should complete the DS-11, DS-82 or the DS-5504 form. You have the option to file the DS-11 and DS-82 via mail. But, the DS-5504 must be filed at the Passport Agency in person.
When you submit your passport form, be sure to include your completed form with a certified marriage certificate, two 2×2 photos, and the correct processing fee. Your new passport in your new name will come in the mail 5-6 weeks after filing your form. So, it is very important to take any international travel into account before you file.
4. Your Oklahoma Driver’s License
Your first state level filing is for your new Oklahoma driver’s license. Head to your local DMV office with your current license, your certified marriage certificate, your U.S. passport or your U.S. birth certificate. The fee for your new license is $10 and it will be issued the same day you apply.
Insider tip: Wait until mid month and mid week to go to the DMV. This will ensure the shortest lines and wait times.
5. Your Oklahoma Voter Registration
Filing to change your name on your voter registration is very important. It’s also very simple! Fill out the Oklahoma Voter Registration application and mail it to the Oklahoma State Election Board. This way you will have the ability to vote under your new married name in the election.
6. ALL of Your Creditors and Accounts
Now it’s time to update your new married name with all non-government agencies. It’s smart to start with your employer and your banks. Often, they will require you to file a form in-person and submit your certified marriage certificate (and sometimes your new SS card.)
Next, update your married name with your mortgage providers, loan providers, credit card companies, utilities, and professional license boards. Most of them will update your name by phone, or though an online form submission. Finally, begin the process of changing your name on of your accounts, memberships, periodicals, frequent flyer programs, an on social media. Remember, each company varies but most will allow you to login and make the change on your own.
7. Oklahoma Name Change Solution
We hope our guide helped you understand how to change your name in Oklahoma. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry! You can use the MissNowMrs name change app or online name change service to save 13 hours of hassle.