How to Change a Name After a Marriage in Illinois

By Stephanie Kurose, J.D.

How to Change a Name After a Marriage in Illinois

By Stephanie Kurose, J.D.

Under Illinois state law, a person who has recently married is able to change their name without formally petitioning the court. The state allows you to use your marriage license as proof that you have a valid reason for changing your name.

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Thus, all that's required before you start using your new name is to formally change your name on your social security card and your Illinois driver's license.

1. Obtain an application for a new social security card.

To begin, read and understand the instructions to the Social Security Administration's Application for a Social Security Card. These instructions proceed the actual application, which is only one page long. It tells you exactly what documents you need to change your information as well as step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application.

2. Gather the required documents.

To change your name on your social security card, you must provide documents to prove your identity, support the requested change, and establish a reason for the change. As stated above, Illinois allows you to use your marriage as a reason for the change and use your marriage license as support for the requested change, so all you need to bring are documents that prove your identity. These include a driver's license, a passport, or a nondriver identity card.

3. Complete the application.

Once you gather the required documents, complete and sign the one-page application. Next, take or mail the signed application with your original documents to any social security office. Any documents you mail will be returned, and the new social security card will arrive by mail.

4. Locate the nearest driving facility.

Once you obtain your new social security card, the next step is to change your name on your driver's license. To do this, you must go to a driving facility. To locate a facility closest to you, visit this website.

5. Gather the required documents.

To change your name on your driver's license, you must bring your current license, a certified copy of your marriage license and your new social security card.

6. Fill out the application for a new driver's license.

Once at the driving facility, ask an employee for an application for a corrected license. To complete the application, you need your old name, your new name, your birth date and location, your current license number and current address. Once the application is complete, you must pay the filing fee and submit it to the relevant person. You must turn in your old license. Your new driver's license will arrive in the mail.

Notifying the Secretary of State

Illinois state law requires you to notify the Illinois Secretary of State within 10 days of changing your name on your license.

You can notify the agency online by visiting this website. You need your license number, home address, date of birth, and information on any vehicles you have registered.

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