Losing your spouse is painstaking enough. You do not want to have problems changing back to your maiden name. There are many reasons you may want to drop your married name after becoming a widow, but it must be legalized. To change your name, you will go through many of the steps as you did when you got married. Unfortunately, this time it will not be such a joyous occasion.
Obtain necessary information about your marriage, death of your spouse and possibly your birth certificate. Most government agencies want to see the original copy. Therefore, the certificates must have a seal on them.
Go to the Social Security office to process your name change. Show them your documents as needed to confirm who you were before your marriage. You also may call the Social Security Administration for more information at (800) 772-1213.
Get a new driver's license or ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Bring your birth certificate, spouse's death certificate, your old driver's license and a piece of mail for address confirmation.
Notify credit card companies, the post office and any other businesses that need updated information relating to your name. This will include your employer as they report to the Internal Revenue Service and will affect your taxes.
Tips & Warnings
- You must present original documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
Can a Child Change Her Last Name?
There are many situations that allow a child to change his or her last name. To change a child's name, the parents...
How to Change Your Name After Marriage
Changing your last name after you get married is an old tradition that has been around for a long time. Whether the...
How Do I Legally Change My Kids' Last Name Even Though I Was Never Married to the Father?
The exact process to change a child's last name will vary from state to state, but generally you can fill out the...
How to Marry a Widow
To remarry after the death of a spouse can be traumatic for some family members. If the widow you want to marry...
What Happens to Your Middle Name When You Get Married?
Most people are given two to four names after birth: Your first name, middle name, a second middle name and a last...
How to Change Your Name On Your Passport After Marriage
If you are changing your name after getting married you will have to remember to change it on all of your identification...