How Much Does It Cost to Change Your Name After the Wedding? 

• Ideas + EtiquetteHow Much Does It Cost to Change Your Name After the Wedding?

Make it easy on yourself—and your wallet—by reading these tips now.
If you’re one of the 81 percent of newlywed brides who, according to take their spouse’s name after the wedding, we hate to break it to you, but your job isn’t quite done after you sign your marriage license. Find out how much each step in the process will cost you—and get a few hints and tricks to help you along the way—below.


To determine how much you’ll be spending on a new passport, take a look at the issue date. If it was issued less than a year ago, there aren’t any fees associated with changing your name (unless you want to pay an extra $60 for expedited service, in which case you’ll get your documents in three weeks). If your passport is more than a year old, you’ll have to pay for new documents to be processed. Expect to wait four to six weeks for your passport to come in the mail, so if you have a big vacation planned (or, ahem, your honeymoon) wait to change these until after you come back.
Cost to Change Name: $140 for a passport book and card, $110 for just a passport book, $30 for just a passport card, and an additional $60 for expedited shipping

Social Security Card

While some websites can charge about $30 to make changes to your Social Security card, let it be known that the Social Security Administration will send you a new card with your new name for free. Simply fill out the form online (you can find it on the administration’s website), and send or bring it to your local Social Security office. Done and done.

Cost to Change Name: $0

Driver’s License

The cost varies depending on the jurisdiction and state, but it typically comes in at less than $50. The real hassle is digging up every form of identification you can find—then waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Cost to Change Name: Depends on where you live.

If all of these steps sound like a bit of a pain, why not try a less complicated approach?


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