Upon returning home from the honeymoon, the busyness is far from over! One of the big things is changing your name, if you choose to do so! While this is traditionally done, it is not required for either partner to change their last name. One of the first steps is to gather original or certified copies of your marriage certificate, birth certificate, driver’s license or government-issued ID, original social security card, and application for a social security card.
Once you have all of these items in hand, it’s time to head over to the social security office at 2100 Robin Ave, Hammond, LA 70403. The office phone number is (985) 345-0335, but if you have any questions it is recommended to call 1 (800) 772-121.
When changing your name, you can choose to keep your middle name and drop your maiden name. You can also choose to drop your middle name and keep your maiden name. The social security office should provide you with documentation of the legal name change. Your revised social security card will be sent to you in the mail; however you can utilize the documentation provided in order to apply for an updated license signifying your name change!
There are two Departments of Motor Vehicles in Tangipahoa Parish. One is in Hammond at 1320 N Morrison Blvd, Suite 110-113, Hammond, LA 70403. The other is in Amite at 112 E Mulberry St, Amite, LA 70422. When going to either location, you’ll need to bring your legal documentation from the social security office, your current driver's license or government-issued ID, proof of car insurance, and proof of residency. Proof of residency requires two acceptable documents. If you’re moving in with your partner following the wedding, you’ll need to be sure that you have two pieces of mail with your name and updated address. You’ll need to be prepared to pay a fee for the new license.
Following an updated social security card and driver’s license or government-issued ID, you’ve completed the most daunting parts of changing your name! The next steps are informing your employer, updating bank accounts, changing utilities in your name, updating credit and/or debit cards, informing schools, insurance companies, doctor’s offices, voter registration offices, and etc. While the list seems long, don’t let it be too overwhelming! As you run into locations or offices that still have your maiden name, kindly ask them to update their records to show your updated name change!