Changing your name for any reason can be a very complicated process. A change in name after you get married or divorced, for example, involves filing a lot of federal and state name-change forms, using your marriage certificate as legal proof of marriage. Changing your name for any other reason (during the adoption process, for example) requires you to petition the courts for a change of name.
Even after a change of name is granted, you’ll still receive mail with the wrong name on the envelope. That’s because businesses and government agencies do not receive automatic notifications of name-changes. It’s up to you to let people know that you have a different name.
Fortunately, the process can be streamlined with the purchase of an online name-change kit. Name-change kits do most of the work for you.
Online Name-Change Kits Notify Agencies for You
An online name-change kit will notify the following agencies of your name change:
- The Social Security Administration.
- The Internal Revenue Service.
- The U.S. Postal Service.
- The Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles (for your drivers’ license, as well as any vehicle titles and registrations).
- Your County Clerk (for your voter registration).
- The U.S. State Department (if you have a passport).
Sending Notifications via Your Online Name-Change Kit
Your online name-change kit will send notifications to other agencies, as well:
- Credit cards
- Mortgage holders
- Utility companies
- Medical professionals
- Insurance agents
An online name changing kit can take a complicated task and make it easy. It could be your most convenient choice.
Have you ever used an online name-change kit to spread the word about your new name? How was the experience for you?