This is definitely a popular topic of discussion for future Brides-to-be, and after coming across questions about this numerous times on the Cyprus Brides To Be chat group on Facebook( future Cyprus brides – check this group out), I decided to put something together to make it easy and simple for every Bride or Groom to know exactly what you should change (should you wish to take your partner’s surname)!
Remember, you don’t HAVE to change all of these things – only if you wish for your married name to appear on them.
There’s quite a chunky list of things to change so don’t feel overwhelmed if you can’t do it all straightaway, as much of it involves sending off your marriage certificate and waiting impatiently (I’ve been married for about 9 months, and still yet to have changed anything except social media)!
[ This information applies to UK brides/grooms only. Please always double check the information on reputable sites, such as http://www.gov.uk. This list is merely to give you an idea on what to change after marriage.]
– DRIVING LICENSE
– HMRC (TAX & N.I.)
[ Please find more detailed information on these at the bottom of the page ]
Once HMRC has been updated with your new details, you can continue notifying other companies.
– BANK (CREDIT CARDS, DETAILS ETC.)
– LOCAL AUTHORITY (COUNCIL TAX)
– INSURANCE COMPANIES
– EMPLOYER (OR PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE/EDUCATIONAL FACILITY)
The main changes are done….now for all the nitty gritty ones, if you really want to get down to details…
– TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV PROVIDER
– TV LICENSE OFFICE
– UTILITY SERVICES (WATER, ELECTRICITY, GAS ETC.)
– LOYALTY CLUBS/ GYM MEMBERSHIPS
-VETS (if applicable)
-WILLS (if applicable)
– MOTORING ORGANISATIONS
-PREMIUM BONDS OFFICE
Changing Your Name on Social Media & Online (the easy ones!):
– HOTMAIL/GMAIL (EMAIL ADDRESS)
….and any other online accounts, should you wish!
This is a tricky one, as majority of passports are issued for 10 years (and if you have recently renewed your passport – do you really want to be paying again just to change your name??) – so this is really personal choice. However, it does make it slightly easier to present proof of identity with your new married name when trying to change other legal details (i.e. bank).
Cost: Passport renewal will cost roughly £72.50 (please be sure to check this at www.gov.uk)
Remember: You will need to send off your marriage certificate – so I suggest you get extra copies of your marriage certificate (you can usually organise this at the town hall or registry office before/after you get married).
Bonus: you get up to 9 months of extra time on your new passport to cover time left up on your old passport (not so helpful if you still have 9 years left on your passport – but at least it’s something!)
Want to Honeymoon on your lovely new married name? You can change the name on your passport up to 3 months before your marriage date – your old passport will automatically become invalid from your wedding date, and your new one will become valid. All you need is to fill out the application for newlyweds and civil partners, and have it signed by the registrar or religious minister that will be conducting your ceremony.
For more info, go to GOV.UK
2. DRIVING LICENSE
You can quite simply change the name on your driver’s license, by sending your marriage certificate by mail, along with your current driver’s license and counterpart.
CLICK HERE to order your application form (at no charge). Once received, you can fill out your application form and post it to DVLA.
3. HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS
You will need to fill out a very lengthy and detailed online form, so be sure to have all of your details handy (i.e. NI number, taxpayer reference, employer name, pension number etc.)
CLICK HERE to go to the HMRC to notify them of a change in personal details. Once the application is successful, your details will be updated, and you can begin notifying other private companies about your name change (i.e. utilities, banks etc.)