You have planned your perfect day, got all of your RVSPs, and are getting ready to walk down the aisle to profess your love to your special someone. During the past several weeks, it seems like everything has been hectic, with all the last minute confirmations, verifications, and preparation. Now that the big day is here, did you remember to talk about whether you are going to change your name to match your new spouse’s last name or keep your existing one?
Taking the last name of your spouse is entirely up to you. It is something most couples will discuss around the time they are getting their marriage license. There can be pros and cons of changing your last name. One of the biggest cons, is, of course, the time and money required to change everything to your new name. However, when you get married, it is one of the easiest times to change your name on your birth certificate and other documents. Plus, you do not need a court order or an attorney to change your name.
How Much Will It Cost to Change Your Name?
In order to make an informed decision, you need to know how much to budget for your name changes.
The following items typically do not have any fees for changing your name, although you do have to budget time to do these so that everything is in order, to avoid problems down the road.
As you can see, changing your name is an involved and time-consuming process. If you do decide to change your name, after everything has been updated to your married name, it is a good idea to get a new copy of your birth certificate, which you can order online from FastBirthCertificates.com, or leave us a message at (415) 549-8691 if you have further questions.