Changing your name legally can be a complicated process. Then, when you complete the process, there are many entities you will have to notify of the change such as:
• Credit card issuer
|• Passport Agency
• Social Security Administration
• Driver’s License Bureau
• Insurance Agency
• Taxing Authority
In order to legally change your name, you need to make sure the following requirements are met:
Residency: A majority of states will require at least 6 months of residency in the county and state prior to filing the request.
Legal grounds: You cannot change your name in order to defraud anyone.
Jurisdiction: The action for a name change needs to be filed with the correct court in the petitioner’s county of residence. Courts will require a filing fee, the amount of which depends on the jurisdiction
The name change will go into effect usually within 60-90 days.
Thankfully, some websites will off a name change notification packet complete with legal forms that can be sent to all the agencies that need to be notified of your name change. You’ll be taken through a series of questions that will help determine which governmental and personal forms you need. The forms needed to change your name for your situation will then be generated. After completing the forms, some websites will give notification online to the proper entities, or you will be able to print the forms and the addresses of where to send them will be provided. All of this can be done online conveniently from your computer.
Once you have completed the information, the name-change kit will send notification to these agencies:
• The Social Security Administration
• The Internal Revenue Service
• The U.S. Postal Service
• The Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles
(for driver’s license, s well as any vehicle titles and registrations)
• County Clerk (for voter’s registration)
• U.S. State Department (if you have a passport)
Other entities that you can choose to have notified are:
• Credit Cards
• Mortgage holders
• Utility companies
|• Medical professionals
• Insurance agents