When a Miss becomes a Mrs

When I got married last August I had the best intentions in the world of changing my name on all my documents almost immediately and being super organised about it all.
Then, Dan and I added up our pennies, had a chat and decided that we still wanted to move within the next year so I put the name change on hold for a bit with the idea that I could change both name and address at the same time after we had moved.
Now that it is looking like we shall be moving next month it is time to work out what I have already changed my name on and which documents/providers I need to change my address with and then start preparing to send off my marriage certificate a ridiculous number of times!

I’ve written the following as a reminder to myself what I need to do, but hopefully it might help someone else in the same situation as me!

How to change everything into your married name

Name change process:
  This was the easiest thing to change my name on as I didn’t have to post my marriage certificate away!  Several of our guests had given us cheques made out to ‘Mr and Mrs Pearson’ and, although we already had a joint bank account, my name on the bank account was originally my maiden name and we were unable to pay cheques in without producing our marriage certificate.  On returning from honeymoon I took our certificate in to our local branch, signed my old name and my new name a couple of times and was issued with new bank cards in the post a few days later.  Simples!
Cost:  £0.

Credit Card
Name change process: We have a credit card with Tesco Bank and everything ends up going on there so that we can claim the points back.  Points mean prizes!  (Or at least cheap days out!)  To change name you have to send in your original marriage certificate via recorded delivery to Tesco Bank, PO Box 27029, Glasgow, G2 9FU along with a letter detailing your account details and name change.  Tesco will return the marriage certificate via recorded delivery and issue a new card in your married name.
Cost:  £0. (Other than postage costs.)

Name change process:  You can actually change your name three months before you get married if you apply for the change along with a letter from the Vicar who will be taking your service, although you won’t be able to use the passport to travel until the date of your wedding.  We decided not to do this.  Despite living quite close to the Passport Office in Peterborough, there was always the chance that my passport wouldn’t return in time for the wedding and that we wouldn’t get on our honeymoon!  Unfortunately, to get a new passport containing your new name you must post off your original marriage certificate and reapply for a passport, at a hefty cost.  The cost and the fact that the original marriage certificate must be sent off has put me off changing my passport yet, although when I went to the bank to have some statements reprinted  last week I was told that they could no longer accept the passport as ID, even alongside my marriage certificate as that was not the name I was known by any more.  Apparently you can legally still travel using a passport in your maiden name until it expires though as long as your flight details match this.
Cost:  £72.50

Driving Licence
Name change process:  To change the name on your driving licence you have to fill out a D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ form from the post office and send it off along with the original copy of your marriage certificate and old driving licence.  You can still drive whilst waiting for the new copy of your licence to be returned though.
 Free other than postage costs as long as you don’t update your photo at the same time.  Otherwise £14 if you update the photo online and £17 if you post a new photo for your card.

Name change process:  
I took my marriage certificate in after returning from honeymoon.  This was then photocopied and signed by the school admin staff who sent it off to payroll to update my name.

Pensions Office
Name change process:  

Cost:  £0.

Register to vote
Name change process:  
Very simple, took me two minutes to fill out this form to update with my new name.  If not correct it can damage your credit rating if applying for credit cards/mortgages/etc…

HM Land Registry
Name change process:  Because I own property, I need to ensure that it is registered in my new name.  You need to fill out the form on this page and also send them a certified copy of your marriage certificate when doing so.  Because we shall be moving house next month I have not changed name on the property and the new one will be held in my new name from the beginning.
Cost:  Postage costs.

Name change process:  I need to post a copy of the marriage certificate to the address which has been signed by someone responsible to say that that is indeed me!  I didn’t even bother writing the address down as we plan on paying off this mortgage next month and taking out a new one for the new house.
  Postage costs.

Council Tax
Name change process:  I have filled in a preliminary form requesting the alteration to my details I wish to make.  I am sure that the council will get back to me and require a copy of my marriage certificate in order to make this change, but shall update this post when I know more.
Cost:  £0.  (Potentially postage costs)

Name change process:  Another very easy log on and change details manually with Southern Electric.
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  We never removed the pay as you go meter from our house when we moved in, despite it having been on my to-do-list forever!  No point changing it now and no-one ever had my details as we paid on a key at the local shop as we went along.  The key then slotted into our meter and topped up our electricity in the house.
Cost:  £0.

Anglian Water
Name change process:  Because I had never set up an online account before I simply created one and linked our account number with my new name.
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  Another nice easy one, although I didn’t expect it to be!  All I had to do was log on to my online account and change my details by typing them in.
Cost:  £0.

House Insurance
Name change process: I insure through Tesco and simply had to call the number 0845 674 6666 and state my new surname.  It was updated manually by the person on the other end and new documents were sent out to me confirming this immediately via email.
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  I just took in my marriage certificate and my details were updated on the system.
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  I just took in my marriage certificate and my details were updated on the system.
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  I just told them that Bella’s name was becoming Bella Poppodopulus Pearson!
Cost:  £0.

TV Licence
Name change process:  Until Dan moved in I never actually got a TV licence – I accidentally snipped through the TV cable whilst cutting back our hedge along the outside of the house before I ever moved in.  I didn’t miss watching live TV.  It was actually quite nice not having to remember what was on when and sticking to the TV schedule.  Everything I ever wanted to watch was available on catchup.  At the time I had a LoveFilm account for films and barely had time to watch them, never mind TV in the evenings.  Not long after Dan moved in he decided that the only way to watch football matches was live and a TV licence was purchased!  Another super easy one to change though, simply log in to the TV licencing website and update your details.
Cost:  £0.

end a photocopy of my marriage certificate, along with a covering letter which states my pre-marital name, my new name (including the Mrs part) and my EE contract telephone number to; Customer Administration, 6 Camberwell Way, Doxford Technology Park, Doxford, Sunderland, SR3 3XN.
Postage costs.

Name change process:  When I told the librarian that I had lost my original card she said it would probably just be easier to create a new account and start from scratch with my new name!

Running Club
Name change process:  Just told them, although they had already picked up on my Facebook name changing!  Super easy!
Cost:  £0.

Student Loan
Name change process:  I need to post a photocopy of my marriage certificate with a cover letter stating that I wish to change my name to: Student Finance England PO Box 210, Darlington, DL1 9HJ.
Cost:  Postage costs.

Car Insurance
Name change process:  I had to email a copy of my marriage certificate over to e-car (my insurers) with details of my policy number.
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  You must scan in a form of photo ID as well as your marriage certificate.  As I am yet to receive any photo ID with my new name on, I haven’t been able to make this change yet.
Cost:  £0.PayPal name change

Name change process:  Simply when logged in, click on your name in the top right hand corner of the screen and select Your Account.  When the next screen appears, scroll down until you see Account Settings and select Change Name, E-mail Address or Password.  From the final screen you will be able to simply type your new name in.

Amazon name change
Cost:  £0.

Name change process:  When you log in to your eBay account, hover on your name in the top left hand corner and select Account Settings.  Select Personal Information from the menu on the left hand side of the page.  Click Edit to change your Registered name and address.  The rest of the process is quite straight forward and involves just typing in your new name!

ebay name change


Cost:  £0.

Have I missed any suppliers out?
Have you missed any out?!

10 thoughts on “When a Miss becomes a Mrs

  1. WOW – there are so many to think about!! All I’ve done so far is change it on facebook and twitter… haha!

    I guess I am lucky to be emigrating at the same time, so when I set up all my utilities back in NZ I will put them in my married name. Not going to bother with the passport until it expires, but I guess I should probably do my drivers license quickly. Right now I am definitely not “official” in any way, I haven’t yet even signed my new surname! Must get practicing.

    This is a fab list, and so good to have the process documented too!
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    1. Yep, completely forgot to add Facebook and Twitter to the list! Family were complaining that I hadn’t changed my Facebook name a fortnight later!
      How did you not end up practicing your signature beforehand?! Haha! I had several variations of mine which I had to narrow down!

    1. Ridiculously lucky. The woman organises the whole wedding day to begin with, then has the faff of name changing everything she belongs to or is part of afterwards. Men just get to stay in and watch the footy!

    1. It was such a faff. Surely just phoning/emailing everyone should do the trick?! Would be much easier than having to send off my marriage certificate several times!

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