You’re Married! Now … How To Change Your Name in Kansas!
After getting married, changing your name can feel like a daunting task, but have no fear — it’s not as annoying of a process as you think!
First of all — a few things to consider BEFORE you start the name changing process:
*If you have upcoming travel already booked with your maiden/current name, do NOT change your name until after you return from travel! (Most of the time, names are non-transferable on airline tickets, especially for international travel).
*If you are wanting to book upcoming travel, be sure that you have plenty of time to complete the entire process before your expected departure. I recommend having at least 3-4 months time before international travel and 1-2 months before domestic travel .
Now to the 8 simple steps to change your name in Kansas on your Social Security Card, Driver’s License, and Passport!
1. Gather the following documents: current social security card, current driver’s license, and certified copy of your marriage license. If you do not have a certified copy of your marriage license — go to your local county courthouse and get 3 certified copies. They cost a few dollars each … and you will need all three.
2. Fill out this application.
3. Take gathered documents and Social Security Card Application to your local social security office. You can find your local Social Security office by entering your zip code here.
4. Wait for new Social Security card. YAY — one part done!
5. Fix your hair for your mug shot at the DMV! Take new social security card, a certified copy of your marriage license, your old license and TWO proofs of address to your local DMV. A proof of address can be a utility bill, the social security card envelope and contents just mailed to you, etc — just don’t take any junk mail! And if you want to avoid the obnoxious lines at the Riley County DMV, get signed in for your spot on-line before you start driving there! They text you your wait time! It’s the best invention ever!
6. Wait for new driver’s license. WOO HOO — another big part done!
7. Now onto your Passport! Although I would love to provide a one-answer-fits-all step for this, the U.S. Department of State has specific guidelines for how to apply. These guidelines and necessary applications can be found here.
8. Wait for passport to arrive! SUCCESS! Now go enjoy your travel adventures!