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Thursday Tips: How to Change Your Name in Texas

07.21.2011

So I finally did it. You know, I figured that it would be a good second anniversary gift. Yeah. That’s it.

I finally, officially changed my name.

What took me so long? Let’s say it was one part laziness and two parts resistance. Yes, resistance. I wish that changing your name was as easy as changing it on Facebook, because if that was the case, my name would have been changed long ago. I have some friends who were quite efficient and changed their names upon returning from their honeymoon. I like to…keep things interesting.

I wrote about changing my name a few months after we were married, and then last Spring when I became a Texan and was issued a Texas State Driver’s License, upon which I changed my name. However, I didn’t really ever complete the process. Again, the laziness and resistance. But two weeks ago I finally dragged myself to the Social Security Administration office and got it done.

It’s really not as painful as I thought.

Here are the 3 Easy Steps to Change Your Name in Texas:

Texas Marriage License Dallas County

You will need: Driver’s License with new name, Marriage Certificate, and current Social Security card.

1. Check in at the computer to receive a number and wait for your number to be called. It could be anywhere from five minutes to an hour plus. Luckily, it only took me about twenty minutes to wait. I arrived at 10AM on a Thursday.

2. Present all your documents to the Social Security representative. Since we were married in California, the marriage certificate is different from the one issued in Texas, so I had to point out where it showed our wedding date and the new name I was changing to. Apparently, in Texas, the section for the new name is typically left blank and you can choose (at least that’s what the SSA person told me). In my case, I wanted to make my maiden name part of my middle name, but because of the way it was typed on the marriage certificate, I now technically have two last names (no hyphen). Whatever, my name is changed.

3. Swear and sign a piece of paper that all your documents are true and correct. Keep the receipt they give you in case your new card doesn’t arrive.

It only took about eight days for the new card to come from the day I went to the office. All in all, the process was pretty easy, and not as daunting as I had expected. Now onto changing everything else. Yeah, that won’t happen right away.

*Marriage License photo found here.* I wasn’t going to post my own, duh.

I hope this was helpful.

Happy Thursday!

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