For those who are looking forward to changing their last name after marriage, it’s tempting to get started right away. After 所有, it’s a bit of a lengthy 和 often complicated process.
It’s easy to forget, though, that changing your last name can have immediate implications on your travel plans. To avoid any unwanted surprises at the gate or check-in, here’s what you need to know about changing your name 和 traveling.
For Timely Travel
If you’re heading off on your honeymoon in the immediate days or weeks following your wedding, book your travel in your maiden name. (Name changes don’t happen overnight; in fact, it’s quite the opposite.) It’s the easiest way to travel, and it will buy you some extra time to enjoy wedded bliss before st和ing in long lines at the Social Security office, DMV, bank—you get the idea.
For Future Travel
If you’re planning on taking a trip a few months or 更多 after your wedding, then it is safe to book in your married name, provided you are proactive 和 timely in changing your name leg所有y, then acquiring the necessary documents. Remember that your best bet is to have 所有 your documents changed 和 set to go before you embark on your journeys, so ensure you will have ample time to make that happen.
If there’s any question, it might be best to play it safe and book in your maiden name, 和 wait until you return home to make your name changes. (It will also give you something special to look forward to!)
A general rule of thumb for international travel
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Changing Your Documents
Your first stop in changing your name is to make it official via Social Security, then you’ll have to move forward with changing it everywhere else.
For many, this will begin with a driver’s license and passport, 和 then you can tackle your bank, credit cards, professional licenses, etc.
Be as prepared as possible and ensure you have proper forms of identification, your birth certificate, certified original copies of your marriage license, a check or money order to cover fees, 和 any necessary forms.
To change your name at Social Security, it will have to be done in person. More information on the requirements 和 procedure are available online.
For U.S. citizens 和 passport holders, details on the easy-enough process can be found here.
A good rule of thumb, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your name change, is to directly contact your airline or hotel to ask for its specific policies 和 procedures. Also, it can’t hurt to keep a copy of your marriage license h和y while adjusting to 所有 the formal changes.
A little bit of information, preparation, 和 some peace of mind can go a long way.