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A handy checklist for changing your name after marriage in the UK

Who to notify about changing your name after marriage

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A handy checklist for changing your name after marriage in the UK
How to change your name after marriage. Image: Friends/Warner Bros Television

Whether you would like to take his last name, her last name, create a merger name or go for a double barrel, it can be tricky to know who to notify about your change of married name in the UK. Here are all the companies you need to get in touch with, in one handy checklist.

7 ALTERNATIVES TO TAKING HIS LAST NAME AFTER MARRIAGE

First off, if you want to change your surname, you don't need a deed poll. Your marriage certificate should be evidence enough to change it. However, many places will want to see your marriage certificate so it’s worth getting a few spares from your registrar if you can and be prepared to send it off.

7 SIGNS YOU'RE ALREADY AN OLD MARRIED COUPLE

Prioritise your photo identity documents, because it will be easier to some of the other more minor documents if you have these already.

Here is everyone you need to notify about you change of married name:

  • The passport office (there is a charge for passport renewal)
  • The DVLA (driving licence)
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Local Authority (Council tax and electoral register)
  • Your employer
  • Your bank or building society
  • Your mortgage provider (if different) or landlord/lady
  • Your pension providers
  • Credit card companies
  • Your phone provider
  • Your doctor
  • Your dentist
  • Your vet (if applicable!)
  • Your motoring organisations (breakdown cover)
  • Utility companies (gas, water, electricity providers)
  • Your insurance company
  • Loans companies
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Your email address 
  • Your social media accounts
  • Any clubs or societies you are a member of

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