Updated: Jan 7
It’s all fun and games until you have to change your last name!
Changing your last name in NJ after getting married can be tricky, but we’re here to help make the process easier for you. If you were married in New Jersey and want to change your last name, save this post and follow the steps below to make it official!
Obtain your marriage license. If you’re already married, then you already have it! To play it safe, request a couple certified copies of your marriage license by going to the municipality where you obtained the original copy.
Update your Social Security card. To do this, have your birth certificate and photo ID on hand. Next, fill out this form, and mail it to your local Social Security office, along with your birth certificate and photo ID.
Head to the MVC. Unfortunately, COVID has thrown a wrench into this step; getting to Motor Vehicles these days is a challenge due to the extremely long lines. Once you do make it to the MVC, be sure to bring your certified marriage license and updated Social Security card. Here, you can change your last name on your driver’s license, your voter registration card, and your vehicle’s title and registration cards. This step cannot be done online 😩.
Changing your last name on your passport Now that you have a new last name, you will have to apply for a new passport, especially if you plan on going abroad for your honeymoon! The process for updating your passport is dependent on how long you've had it for. Check out the processes here.
Here are some websites and apps that our brides have used to change their last names: MissNowMrs
Once you've completed all of the steps above, the most difficult thing to do will be getting used to writing your married name and not your maiden name!