Cost (and hassles!) to change my name
Changing my name hasn’t been very expensive. A marriage certificate was something we’d need regardless, so the $90 we paid for that really shouldn’t be counted towards it. Many people get extra copies — so far we haven’t. My name was legally changed at the moment of our marriage, but we didn’t have any proof until we got the certificate back. This took a few weeks.
The first step (after Facebook!) was the Social Security Administration. Free and relatively quick. From there I could change my name at work.
Next was the DMV, which is the only place that has cost any money: $25. I was excited because I got a new picture (my last photo was fine, but my red shirt seriously clashed with Cali’s drivers license color scheme), but it cost me a good two hours of my life. My plan was to get there before it opened, but things didn’t quite work out that way, so I had to wait. This was the worst part of it.
I also needed a new passport, but since I renewed mine less than a year ago, it is free. (I checked into this before renewing it, of course!) I had leftover photos from when I got them last summer, so I just sent in the rest. I also had to send in our only copy of the license, but they’ll send it back. In the mean time, I have color photocopies at home.
Now that my new license arrived, the last step is changing all my credit card and banking accounts and anything else with my name on it (insurance, bills, etc.). So far this has been pretty easy, but it’s just a long list to tackle!
In summary, changing my name was pretty cheap, but it still is weird to transition. For awhile, I hesitated using my married name because I had no identification! Now I still hesitate because it feels weird, but I’m getting used to it. Just please don’t call me Mrs. T Lastname. That makes my skin crawl!