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Changing your last name could mean feel like all of the pieces of your marriage are finally in place. Officially changing your name for your marriage is a very big deal, but don’t worry, it’s not that hard to do!

We are going to take you step-by-step on how to change your name in the state of Tennessee! Whether you choose to take your spouse’s last name or choose to combine last names you will know all you need to know by the end of this blog!

Step 1: You will need to obtain a “petition to change name” form from your county clerk’s office. While you are there you will also need to pick up of your marriage certificate.

Step 2: You will not only need to fill out the “petition to change name” form, but also the Social Security form SS-5. This will update all of your social security information. To be approved, you will need several original documents, besides your marriage certificate that will prove your age, identity, and U.S. citizenship.

Step 3: Bring the “Petition to change name” form to your county clerk (there will be a filling fee, varies by county) and SS-5 form to the social security office.

*Quick Tip- The SS office is usually packed with people, so be sure to get there before the office opens and be prepared to be there for a while. To shorten your wait, make sure your form is already completed (you can find the forms online!!).

Step 4: Go to your DMV and apply for a new drivers license. You will need to show your court issued name change decree.

Step 5: Change name on all important accounts (bank, registry, etc.)

There you have it! Your name is now officially changed! The name change process varies from state to state, so if your not a TN resident, be sure to see what your state requires!


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