Changing your name after the marriage takes some time; may it be months or a year also. Before going ahead, I will like to highlight the importance of changing the name after marriage.

A decision to changing or not changing the name after the wedding is a significant decision that is just because of the numbers of requirements. A name is a part of identity and years old heritage; therefore, changing name brings a lot of changes in your identity in different spaces. The numbers of women keep maiden name at professional levels but use the married name at social levels. Whether or not to change a name is the first decision every married couple have to make.

Options to Change Name after Marriage:

There are many ways you can tackle the traditional task organiser changing a name after getting married.

  • Both use a husband’s family name

  • Both use the wife’s family name

  • Wife uses a maiden name as the middle name suffixed by husband’s family name

  • Hyphenate both the names

  • Both partners use each other’s name as the middle name

  • Both pick new names

Which way to go depends upon both of you. In some regions, changing the name needs some documentation showing the old and new name. Most couples use a certified copy of a marriage license or divorce papers. In some regions, common law is applied for name changes after marriage. Taking the spouse’s name doesn’t mean the end of independence, similarly, retaining your own name doesn’t mean that you are not committed to marriage. The important thing is to determine which element of naming is the most significant for your healthy relationship. Changing your name/surname after marriage is a choice, not the legally binding.

How to Change Name after Marriage:

So, you have decided to change your name post marriage. Good!  To legally change your name post marriage, you need to make the new name official on all the personal and legal documents. You need to have certified copies of marriage certificate and old IDs including driver’s license, passport and Social Security card. After having the copies of these documents, you are ready to take on the project of legally changing your name post marriage. The name changing after the marriage takes time; so do not feel frustrated. The process depends upon the name change option you opt for:

  • Using a double-barreled name: If a bride wants double-barrelled surname, she will have to change it via deed poll. If the bride and groom both want to adopt the same double-barrelled name, the groom can change it via deed poll before the marriage. After it, the wife can use the marriage certificate to change her name. The same process is applied in the case of same-gender marriage.
  • Taking on husband’s name: As a wife, you do not need changing your name through deed poll, but you should send the marriage certificate copy to all the concerned authorities like DVLA and bank. You will have to apply again for a new passport with a changed name.
  • Retaining maiden name: If you retain the maiden name post marriage, you don’t need to do anything as none of the personal records needs to incorporate change.
  • Using maiden name as the middle name: If you want to use a maiden name as the middle name, you will have to make it through deed poll using the registered specialist agency or a solicitor. You will need the copy of the marriage certificate to incorporate the required change in addition to the deed poll certificate before applying for a new passport.
  • Taking the wife’s name: If a man wants to change his surname with his wife’s surname, he will need to send marriage certificate copy to record offices like DVLA and passport office. However, many non-government agencies like the banks and building societies don’t accept marriage certificate as the documentary evidence of name change for their records. Here, you need a deed poll.

To Whom You Should Report A Name Change:

While the name change is your personal criteria but informing to all the concerned departments and agencies is your duty. Here is the list of agencies and sources that you should inform about the name change as a responsible citizen for hassle-free future developments:

  1. The passport office

  2. Driving licence and vehicle registration office

  3. HM revenue and custom department

  4. Child benefit department

  5. Local authorities like council tax & electoral register

  6. Land registry office

  7. Student loan source

  8. Employer

  9. Banks and building society

  10. Mortgage provider

  11. Pension provider

  12. Credit card agencies

  13. phone & broadband service providers

  14. Insurance office

  15. Utility companies

  16. Lenders

  17. Online store cards

  18. Clubs

How Much Does It Cost To Change Name Post Marriage?

Replacement of civil partnership or marriage certificate costs about £9.25. If you get your deed poll witnessed by a solicitor, you will have to pay £5 as “oath fee”.  The UK Deed Poll Office charges about £15 for a name change after marriage while the private agency may charge about £35 including their consulting charges. To complete the formalities, you need two witnesses not related to either of both of you to sign the deed poll. To change the name on the passport, you will have to renew it; the cost may be about £72.50. However, you can use the current passport until it expires. You must change the name on driving licence immediately; it costs nothing if you use form Debt; if you fail to notify DVLA about a name change, you can be fined up to £100.


Although it is your choice to change or not to change the name after marriage and also the way the change your name, but if you do so, it is your duty to complete all the legal formalities. It might look a complex process at the start but the involvement of a professional agency simplifies the task by saving your precious time and efforts that you may otherwise waste in researching and follow ups.