How to Change Your Name

Here's the paperwork you'll need to tackle if you're newly wed or newly single.

Whether you’re newly wed or newly single, if you opt to change your name, your new life will start with a big old mess of paperwork. After getting certified copies of your marriage certificate or divorce decree, you’ll need to get a new Social Security card, driver’s license (costs vary by state), passport ($110, if your current one is more than a year old), voter registration card and, if necessary, professional license.

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Stacy Rapacon
Online Editor,

Rapacon joined Kiplinger in October 2007 as a reporter with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and became an online editor for in June 2010. She previously served as editor of the "Starting Out" column, focusing on personal finance advice for people in their twenties and thirties.

Before joining Kiplinger, Rapacon worked as a senior research associate at b2b publishing house Judy Diamond Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the George Washington University.