In Ohio, if the reason for a name change is a marriage, then the process to change your name is so effortless. As in the other states a certified copy of the marriage certificate and an ID proof is necessary for the purpose.
how to change your name:
Voting Registration Card
Once you get the marriage license then you will have to fill the voter registration form, forms are freely available with Board of elections, Libraries and license bureau. A request can be made to the Board of Elections by telephone or mail and after filling the form with all the details asked for, you can send it by mail to The Board of Elections of your county.
Social Security Card
You can go to the social security office and obtain a new social security card. It’s important to take a certified copy of your marriage certificate and a proof of identity with your photo affixed on it (passport, ID card or a driver’s license). A document to prove your US citizenship is a necessity; this can be in the form of a birth certificate, passport, certificate of naturalization or a certificate of citizenship. These documents should be in originals or has to be certified copies otherwise the documents will not be accepted. You will be asked to fill out a SS-5 form at the office. You will receive your new social security number within ten days by mail. Bring your name change to the notice of your employer in order to evade problems with the IRS due to your social security number being attached to two different names. You may give a copy of the marriage certificate for your employer’s reference.
Take all the documents to the Ohio deputy Registrar’s office to get a new license. The required documents are marriage certificate, new social security card and the driver’s license.
It’s important to contact all the companies you are dealing with because they will have to switch over to your new name in the records and certain companies may demand for a copy of your marriage certificate.
Constantly using your name after marriage can change your name , this is known as the common usage method and this requires absolutely no legal procedure. This option is a privilege confined to the wife who wishes to accept her husband’s last name. Any other sort of name change requires a court order. If you are opting for the common usage method you should follow the steps mentioned below.
Your new name should be on the marriage certificate, your driver’s license and social security card, the social security administration and department of motor vehicles may need your marriage certificate as a proof of your new name. Updating your records is a must; make sure that the bank, Telephone Company, creditors and the other agencies are aware of your name change. Procuring a court order in the name change is a very easy procedure, you can do it yourself or else you can seek the help of an Attorney. You can contact the local county courthouse for the directions or you can get them from the library. The path of the process is available on the internet too. After obtaining your name by a court order you should forward requisitions for a new license and social security card.
When you get married, changing your name isn’t required and social conventions have changed a lot so you aren’t bound by any particular format. You have many options. You may:
• Take your spouse’s name – either husband taking wife’s last name or wife taking her husband’s
• Create a combination of your name and your spouse’s name (for example, a hyphenated name)
• Create a completely new name
After filling out the paperwork to change your name, be sure to update your records with people, businesses and government agencies needing your new name.