Changing Your Name after Marriage
If you want to change your name after you are married, you will want to consider notifying important government agencies of your decision (for instance, the Texas Department of Public Safety requires notification of name changes within 30 days ). In some cases, you will be required to show proof of your marriage. A copy of your marriage certificate is often accepted as a legal record to document this change. Certified copies of your marriage license can be purchased from our office. Many individuals use a certified copy of their license when conducting business matters and keep their original marriage license in a safe place as a keepsake.
Agencies you may want to contact include:
For a fee, some companies offer services to manage your name change with these governmental agencies. While you may want to pay for this convenience, please be aware that often these agencies do not charge for name changes.
Texas county clerks are required to provide marriage license applicants with information about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). More information about HIV and AIDS can be found at www.dshs.state.tx.us/hivstd/info/hiv/ .