Georgia Name Change Step 1: Social Security
To change your name with Social Security, complete the SS-5 form and file it with the Social Security Administration. This can be done in-person or by mail (if you feel comfortable mailing your passport in.) Your new Social Security card will come in the mail approximately 2 weeks after the office receives it. *Please note that your Social Security Number does not change.
Georgia Name Change Step 2: DMV
To change your name on your driver’s license you will need to complete the Georgia driver’s license form and bring your current Georgia driver’s license (or out-of-state license if converting.)Your certified marriage certificate and proof of residence (ex: utility bill or bank statement) if your address has changed.
The fee for updating your married name on your license is $0.00 during your renewal period or $20 if your license is within 150 days of expiring. If you are applying for a Real ID, also bring a certified copy of your U.S. state or territory birth certificate OR your unexpired U.S. Passport (which can be in your maiden name) *There may be additional fee may be required for a Real ID.
Georgia Name Change Step 3: U.S. Passport
To change your name on your U.S. Passport you will need to complete the appropriate passport form based on your current passport status. You will need to submit your current passport with your filing, so don’t file right before any international trips. The State Department is taking approximately 5 weeks to issue new passports. If you need your new passport in your new married name issued faster than 5 weeks, you can pay an additional fee to have your passport processing expedited.
Georgia Name Change Step 4: IRS
Step 4 involves notifying the IRS of your new married name. Complete the IRS 8822 form and mail it to the appropriate IRS office address listed on the second page of the form (which is based on your state of residence.) There is no fee to file the IRS 8822 form, and it ensures that when tax season arrives the IRS knows who you are, what your new married name is, and where to send your tax returns.
Georgia Name Change Step 5: Creditors
After you have filed all of the federal and state-level name change forms, you will need to notify all of your banks, credit cards, insurances, medical providers, employers, insurance providers, mortgage providers, membership companies, student loan holders, magazines, gym memberships, etc. of your new married name. The notifications can be done by phone, mail, or fax depending on the company you are contacting.
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