Deciding when and how to change your name in Kansas? We’ve helped 500,000+ newlyweds transition to Mrs., and thought you could use a step-by-step guide!
The Kansas Name Change Process
1. Social Security
The first step in your Kansas name change is updating your name with the Social Security Administration. To accomplish that, you will need to complete the SS-5 form and file it with your certified marriage certificate and either your Kansas driver’s license or your U.S. passport.
Good news! It is free to change your name with this office. Roughly two weeks after you file, your new SS card will arrive in the mail. It will show your new married name, but your SSN will remain the same
No one likes to deal with the IRS, unless it’s regarding tax returns. We highly recommend filing the IRS 8822 form to ensure that this office has your maiden and married names on file when tax season arrives.
Simply answer the IRS 8822’s eleven questions and mail the signed form along with a photocopy of your marriage certificate. There’s no fee associate, and you can have peace of mind regarding your new name zero drama around your tax returns.
3. Your U.S. Passport
Step number three is changing your name with the State Department. The status of your current 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 by mail. But, the DS-5504 must be filed at the Passport Agency in person.
When you file 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 passport 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. Kansas Driver’s License
The Kansas DMV has a straightforward process for name change. You will need to the office in person and bring your current Kansas license, a certified copy of your marriage certificate, proof of residence if you have moved, and $16 for the processing fee.
Please note that the best times to go to the DMV are mid month and mid week to avoid long lines. Also, your new Kansas license will be issued the same day you apply!
5. Kansas Voter Registration
Next up is changing your name on your voter registration. Complete the brief Kansas Voter Registration application and mail it to your county election officer with a photo copy of your new driver’s license, utility bill, or paycheck in your new married name. Once that’s done you have the ability vote with your new married name!
6. All Other Companies/Entities/Accounts
Now it’s time to notify every non government agency about your new married name. Start by changing your name with your employer and your banking institutes. Typically they will request you to file a form in-person and show them your certified marriage certificate (and sometimes your new SS card.)
Then update your name with your mortgage providers, loan providers, credit card companies, utilities, and professional license boards. Most of them will update your name over the phone, or via an online form. Finally, begin the process of changing your name with all of your accounts, memberships, periodicals, frequent flyer programs, an on social media. Again, each company varies, but most will allow you to login and make the change on your own.
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