Completing a Name Change After Divorce in Utah
This guide is for those who took their spouse's surname after marriage and would like to return to their maiden name after divorce.
Reinstate Your Maiden NameFirst, in your Divorce Decree, you should ask the Court to reinstate your former name. This is a critical step as you will need a certified copy of the Divorce Decree to prove your name change with Social Security and DMV (among other institutions, like banks).
Get a New Social Security CardOnce your divorce is final and your name change ordered, take a certified copy of your Divorce Decree down to your local Social Security Office with this form completed. (Heads up: there is a metal detector and bag check, so make sure to leave your nunchucks and light saber at home.)
You will need to bring proof of U.S. citizenship or legal U.S. presence (birth certificate or passport). You will also need proof of your name change (your certified divorce decree), and proof of your identity (your current driver's license).
SSA will provide you a confirmation letter and send you a new card in the mail - this takes about a week to 10 days. Your social security number will remain the same.
Unfortunately, this step must be done in person or through the mail - no online option. I recommend just going down there and getting it done. (It's called snail-mail for a reason.)
Get a New Driver's LicenseNext, take your certified Divorce Decree to your local DMV Driver's License Division with this form filled out for a new license. You will need proof of your name change (again, the certified Divorce Decree), and your current driver's license.
You can either apply for a new license or renew your old one. However, to renew, you must be within 6 months of expiration. The new/duplicate license will cost you $18 and the renewal will cost you $25.
You will receive a temporary license right there. Your permanent license will be mailed to you. The website says it will take up to 8 weeks, but I got mine in about 3 weeks.
Change Other AccountsAlthough these two documents will be sufficient to change your name at most places, you will want to carry around that certified Divorce Decree a while longer until all your paperwork is done. It is the link explaining why your new identification doesn't match the accounts under your married name.
You will want to make sure you change your name on the following as well: Car Title and Registration: (this also needs to be done in person, at the DMV office). Bring your existing title certificate and this form. Pay the $6 duplicate title fee and the $4 duplicate registration fee (if needed); Passport; Post Office; Landlord/mortgage company; Utilities; Insurance (medical, auto, life, home, etc.); Doctor's offices; Voter registration; Bank Accounts; Credit cards / loans / other creditors; Savings / retirement / investment accounts; Professional organizations/licensing; College degrees/certificates (I received my law degree under my married name and had it reissued under my maiden name simply by contacting the registrar at Gonzaga); Emails, usernames, social media accounts, subscriptions, etc. (usually you can do this yourself without any identification).