Guest blogger, Cécile Mazuet Founder of NameSwitch shares her 5 top tips to tackle your name change with gusto.
- Do your research
Get together a list of all the companies you need to notify of your name change and research their processes and supporting documentation required.
- Get extra copies on your wedding day
Some companies accept copies of marriage certificates which means you can get multiple switching going on in parallel. It’s quicker and cheaper to get extra copies on your actual wedding day. We recommend having 2-3 copies available.
- Invest in stamps and envelopes
Some companies will accept electronic submissions of your name change request but the vast majority are still old school and need to see original copies. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend you include a SAE (A5, large stamp) to enable speedy return of your documentation. Original certificates are really quite precious, so consider recorded delivery if you want extra assurance.
- Plan it out
Think of lead times, travel or important events to plan out so you can work out what to initiate and when – prioritise photo ID (driving license and passport). Keep a note of your sent/notified date and return due dates to keep you on track.
- Set yourself a target
It’s not possible to update your name everywhere in an instant, but you don’t want it to drag on for months on end. Set yourself a realistic goal to work through your list and stick to it.