1. Decide on your new name.
Before you can change your name, you first need to decide on what new name you would like to go by. This can be a difficult decision, but it is important to choose a name that you will be happy with for the rest of your life. You may want to think about what name sounds the best to you, or has special meaning to you.
2. Notify Social Security of your name change.
Once you have decided on your new name, you will need to notify Social Security of the change. You can do this online, by mail, or in person at your local Social Security office.
3. Update your driver's license or state ID card.
Next, you will need to update your driver's license or state ID card with your new name. This can usually be done by visiting your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
4. Change your name with the IRS.
After notifying Social Security and updating your identification documents, you will need to change your name with the IRS. This can be done by filing Form SS-5, which is available on the IRS website.
5. Change your name on your passport.
Once you have changed your name with the IRS, you will need to update your passport with your new name. You can do this by filling out Form DS-82, which is also available on the passport website.
6. Notify banks and credit card companies of your name change.
After updating all of your identification documents and getting a new passport, you will need to notify all of your banks and credit card companies of your new name. This can usually be done by contacting them directly and providing them with updated information.
7. Update your voter registration information.
If you are registered to vote in the United States, you will also need to update your voter registration information with your new name. You can do this by visiting votefromabroad.org and filling out the necessary form.
8. Change the name on your insurance policies.
If you have any insurance policies in your name, you will also need to update the policyholder's information with your new name. This can usually be done by contacting the insurance company directly and requesting a change-of-name form.
9. Change the name on any other legal documents.
Finally, be sure to update any other legal documents in your name with your new surname. This includes things like your will, trust, or power of attorney. You should also update any leases or contracts in your name. Once all of these changes have been made, you will officially be using your new name!