Changing your last name after you get married is an old tradition that has been around for a long time. Whether the wife takes the husband's name as tradition dictates, he takes hers, or both make the decision to hyphenate, follow the necessary steps to make it official.
Step 2: If you're a man changing your name at marriage, check your marriage certificate to see if there is a space to indicate a name change. If not, you will need court papers to legally change your name. Contact a lawyer to find out the procedure for name changing in your state. (This is not necessary for women.)
Step 3: Request for new National ID cards that reflect your name change.
Step 5: Obtain and complete a Passport Amendment/Validation Application. Send this along with appropriate fees, your current passport(s), and a certified documentation of your name change (such as a certified copy of a marriage certificate or court papers) to the nearest passport agency.
Step 6: Order replacements for cheques, business cards, debit cards and other documents that contain your old name.
Step 7: Call employers and schools (if you are a student) to let them know your new name, and ask them to change it in their records. For employers. visit your HR department with relevant documents.
Step 8: Change your name on your car registration, with your insurance and/or mortgage companies, and with your frequent-flier program (if a regular flyer).
Step 9: Contact the post office, utility companies (e.g. PHCN, Water Corporation), local government office and registrar of voters.
Step 10: Make the announcement to friends and family (ideally to your in-laws first), using stationery or thank-you cards with your new name printed on them. (You can order name-change cards designed for such an occasion from us by contacting us).
Tip: Because a woman traditionally takes her husband's name when she is married, a certified copy of your marriage certificate is sufficient documentation for a woman's name change, even if it doesn't contain a space for your new name. A man may need court papers, not just a marriage certificate, to get new documents after marriage if he wants to change his name.