Marriage brings plenty of change, and for many women (and a few men), the first one is your name. Here's the skinny on the proper way to change your surname so that your credit and charge card accounts are up to date and reflect the same name you have on file with your financial institutions, the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration.
Call your utility company or cell phone company and get one or two bills immediately changed to reflect your new last name.
Head to your local department of motor vehicles once your Social Security card arrives and change your name on your driver's license or state identification card. Call or write your credit card issuers and request a name change when your driver's license (or state identification) and financial accounts reflect your new name. Changing your name on your credit card accounts is surprisingly -- and some say -- disturbingly easy. If you are commenting using a Facebook account, your profile information may be displayed with your comment depending on your privacy settings. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani looked adorable while waiting for their car at the valet after a dinner date at Casa Vega in Studio City, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec.
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But change isn't always easy, and switching your name on credit cards, Social Security cards, bank accounts and various other bills is no exception.

In some states, you can do this with just your marriage certificate and Social Security number.
While you can begin this process earlier, it's best to wait to change the name on your credit cards until you have matching identification and financial institution information. To protect yourself against identity theft, the FTC recommends against using common security questions such as your mother's maiden name to help secure your account but suggests using passwords instead. When opening new accounts, you may find that many businesses still have a line on their applications for your mother's maiden name. Name loyalty is important to some people, but it might be better to maintain individual credit lines that reflect the newlyweds' individual names. By leaving the 'Post to Facebook' box selected, your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. Simply provide your basic information, and view offers that match your credit profile within seconds. Afterward, Fisher appeared to be hurt, unable to put much weight on his right leg and needed assistance returning to the locker room. Also, the Lucy Stone League, a women's rights organization dedicated to name retention for men and women, says 3 million women a year change their surnames after marriage in the United States. Once an SSA agent approves the documentation, your new Social Security card will arrive in the mail within four weeks.

In other states, you may have to bring additional documentation -- such as a utility bill or bank statement -- reflecting your married name. Your credit report will also be updated to reflect that you closed a line of credit, which may ding your credit score.
For your safety, do not disclose confidential or personal information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers.
However, if you want to help your spouse get a better credit score, experts recommend adding him as an authorized user on an account.
If you are a man who is changing his name after marriage, however, you may have to hire a lawyer, as some states require a court hearing, petitions and fees before a man is allowed to adopt his wife's last name. When it arrives, keep one with you in case you are asked for additional proof of your name change in the coming months.

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