Before you can change your name, you’ll need the original (or certified copy of) marriage license with the raised seal and your new last name on it. Your wedding officiant must verify your marriage license with his/her signature and provide you with a copy of your Michigan Marriage License following your wedding ceremony. You can call the clerk’s office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn’t automatically sent to you.

There is no legal requirement for name change after getting married; it is a right a couple may choose to exercise.

Traditionally, the bride has taken the groomís last name. If you are intending anything other than the traditional name change, check with each agency for its requirements to accomplish that.

Michigan State law does not impose a time limit after the wedding by which a name change must be accomplished. However, if you are making the change more than a year after your wedding, check with each agency to determine if a certified copy of your marriage license will suffice to change your name with them.

To assume the new last name, be sure you have your copy of your marriage license. Then work with each agency to change its record of your name.

POST WEDDING NAME CHANGE CHECK LIST

Social Security Name Change Information

If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you must tell Social Security so you can get a corrected card. You cannot apply for a card online. There is no charge for a Social Security card. This service is free.

To get a corrected Social Security card, you will need to:

Show the required documents. You will need proof of your identity. Sometimes you also may need to prove your current U.S. citizenship or lawful noncitizen status. See Learn What Documents You Need for more information. Under the heading, ìType of Card,î select ìCorrectedî for a list of the documents you need;

Fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card; and

Take or mail your application and documents to your local Social Security office.

For complete instructions, please go to Social Security Number and Card.

MICHIGAN DRIVERS LICENSE NAME CHANGE

To change your name on your MI driverís license or identification card, youíll need to visit a MI SOS office in person and:

Submit your current MI driverís license/ID card.

Provide proof of your name change, such as your:

Divorce decree.

Marriage certificate.

Legal document.

Have your photo taken.

Pay the required fee.

Usually, you will receive a duplicate driverís license or ID card, however, if your card is about to expire, the SOS may give you the option to renew instead.

PASSPORT NAME CHANGE INFO

If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.

If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:

You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.

Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your name change document (original or certified copy), and a color passport photo. You may:

Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-5504; or

Print Form DS-5504 and complete by hand.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use Form DS-82*:

Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your current passport, your name change document (original or certified copy), a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:

Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82; or

Print Form DS-82 and complete by hand.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*:

You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, your name change document (original or certified copy), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:

Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11; or

Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand.

You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the applicable section on Form DS-11.

If you have begun using a different name but cannot legally document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate, then:

Submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:

Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11; or

Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand.

You must also present a valid ID issued in the name you currently use.

You may also need to provide secondary identification evidence that you have been using the name for at least 5 years, if your ID is less than 5 years old.

There is an easier way to officially change your name. Go to Hitchswitch Name Change and choose from two options: the DIY print at home service or a full-service package, which includes a complete and printed out name-change application. It costs $25-$50, but it’s worth it since all you actually have to do is fill out one single form and you’ll have access to their customer service team who can help answer specific questions.