Whether or not to change your last name after a divorce is a very personal decision. For many, the choice to reclaim that part of their identity can be a liberating experience. It can also be overwhelming sifting through websites trying to find the long list of documents needed to make that change.
In an effort to help you in the process, I have complied a list of the most common places that will need to be notified of your name change, along with required documents. Some places may only require a verbal notification; others may ask to see your Divorce Decree or Name Change Order (talk to your attorney about how to acquire certified copies of these). When in doubt, call or email to make sure you have what you need.
TIP: Some companies may want you to email proof of name change. Use a free scanning app such as Tiny Scanner to scan and email your documents, and save them in your phone for ease of use in the future.
Social Security (In-person required)
Certified Divorce Decree or Name Change Order (no copies)
Driver’s License or Passport
*Driver’s License (Must schedule an in-person appointment- $9 fee at Secretary of State in Michigan)
Current Driver’s License
Proof of name change from Social Security
Certified Divorce Decree or Name Change Order (no copies) https://www.michigan.gov/sos/visit
*If not in Michigan, see your local DMV website for requirements.
Home and Vehicle:
Mortgage Company or Landlord
Services and Memberships:
Streaming Services (Netflix, Hulu, Etc.)
Airlines (Frequent Flyer)
Place of Worship
Make a list of any other places specific to your life and situation that may need to be notified, and call or email them to find out what documents are required.
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