How To Change Your Last Name – The New Bride’s Checklist

how to change your last name

Okay, so we did it!! Joe and I are officially married! Don’t worry, I’ll be posting tons of pictures soon, because our wedding weekend was absolutely the best weekend of my life!

However, as amazing as it was, the last two weeks leading up to the wedding were beyond stressful. There was so much to do, not enough time to do it all, and it just seemed like I kept writing more and more things down on my to-do list.

Now, that’s all over!

LOL, I wish. We’ll be moving into our new house in a couple of weeks, and there’s still a bunch of stuff Joe and I have to do, now that we’re back to reality.

Like me, for example, I’ve got to change my name! Yea, that’s right, call me old school, but I’m taking Joe’s last name and I’ll now be Kayla Buell. It’s like the Bueller in Ferris Bueller, but without the “er”. Yep, that’s me now! Kayla Buell.

But God, I’m dreading this process. I’ve heard horror stories from tons of people about how annoying it is to change your name. It’s not easy, that’s what I’ve heard, and come on… I’ve never done this before! I have no idea where to start!

Lucky for me, though, I just came across this awesome checklist from Allstate specifically for brides who need to change their names.

Changing Your Last Name

Thank you, Allstate, for making my life a little easier!

I hadn’t even thought of half of these!

Like, changing my name with my insurance provider… Can you imagine, God forbid, getting in an accident or needing to be rushed to the hospital and experiencing issues because your name on your policy was different from your license? Do you have any idea how annoying that would be to have to deal with? I, for one, have very little to no patience these days, so I can tell you I’d definitely not be amused. Guess I’ll have to take care of this one right away then.

Oh, and I’ve got to change my name on my credit cards too?? Yea, that one’s kind of important! The last thing I need is to be out shopping and have my card declined.

And I totally forgot about voter registration! With the new election coming up in the not too distant future, I’ll want to get this one squared away ASAP.

Allstate, you rock!

Thanks for putting all this info together into one really user-friendly checklist that I can start tackling.

After a chaotic year of wedding planning, the last thing I want is to have to try to figure out all this complicated adult stuff on my own!

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  1. Renz

    November 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

    It was pretty easy for me I just added his name with no hyphen, which allowed me to either use my maiden name or my “new” name. It made it a bit easier during transition if anything happened. Now it’s just annoying to use both “last names” lol so 99 out of the 100 times I just use my “new” name.

  2. Caroline @ In Due Time

    November 9, 2015 at 11:39 am

    It would have been so nice to have had better resources when I got married! This will help SO many

  3. Amanda

    November 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I’ve been married for a year and 7 months and still haven’t changed my name! Partly due to laziness, the other because we were helping my husband’s grandparents save money on doctor visits and my name change would have been a random red flag. I didn’t like the way the lady forced me to have it on my marriage certificate anyway!

    Amanda |

  4. Rachel

    November 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realize there were SO many things you needed to do with changing your name after getting married!

  5. Lori Hill-Smith

    November 9, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    My daughter is getting married in a few months. She will find this so helpful! Thank you for sharing this information.

  6. Emily, Our house now a home

    November 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    These are great ideas, I wish I had a list like this when I got married 8 years ago. The biggest hassle for me was just going into the social security building and dealing with all of that. Not fun! It was worth it for us to have the same last name, and have our kids all be the same.

  7. Kristina Padgett

    November 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I just finished changing my last name on everything. This was such a helpful post, I wish I would have had it a few months ago.

  8. Jenny

    November 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Congrats on getting married!
    I am going to need this checklist a year from now when I am married.
    Definitely going to bookmark it for later.

    xoxo, Jenny

  9. Courtney

    November 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Definitely saving and pinning for later so I don’t forget all the great tips. I’m recently engaged and this is a process I’ve been wondering about.

  10. Keating

    November 9, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Such a great checklist! It was a super easy process for me when I changed my name. I don’t remember having any issues with it. It was just so much paperwork and such a long process at times. And I literally had to carry around a copy of my marriage certificate everywhere I went just in case a bank or something needed proof that I was who I said I was haha but it went smoothly! Congrats on your marriage!! 🙂

  11. Brooke

    November 11, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I couldn’t wait to take my Husbands name. Funny thing is my blog is a play on his last name. Wonderful check list. Congrats on the big name and also the new home. Take time to take it all in.


  12. MB @ Millennial Boss

    December 27, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Great PDF from Allstate! I loved that they had one tailored to my city too! I’m still not 100% sure I am taking my fiance’s name. We both have long last names so hyphen is not the best option. I see you still have your old name listed on the right side of the page so looks like you haven’t changed yours yet!

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