How to change your name after a divorce in Louisiana
After divorce, a woman has the right to revert back to her maiden name, if she so chooses. This means that an ex-spouse cannot force you to revert back to your maiden name if you do not wish to do so.
If you wish to revert back to your maiden name after a divorce, you may use the divorce decree as proof of your legal name change in order to complete the name change process. Obtain several certified copies of the divorce decree. Ideally, the divorce decree will have specific language that you are reverting back to your maiden name; however, this language is not necessary.
Start with Primary Name Change Agencies such as the Social Security Administration, IRS, DMV, Passport and Voter Registration. After you finish with the Primary Agencies, change your name with Secondary Agencies. This includes your banking and financial institutions, health care, insurance providers, utilities and any other bills, credit cards, memberships and affiliations.
Changing your name on your social security cardTo change your name on your social security card, visit www.socialsecurity.gov. Complete the SS-5 form, application and other required documentation. The Social Security Administration automatically informs the Internal Revenue Service so you will not be responsible for any additional paperwork.
Changing your name with DMVWhen you visit the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) change your driver's license and car registration. *If you are moving, remember to change your address as well and contact the post office for a change of name and address form.
Changing you name at banking institutionsMost banks will require you to fill out a form in-person with documentation of the reason for the name change so be sure to bring a certified copy of your divorce decree along with your new identification from the DMV. You will need to order new checks and sign a signature card reflecting your new name.
Contact your HR DepartmentAt your place of employment, contact the HR (Human Resource) Department who may take care of your name change on your retirement and investment plans as well as notify your medical and dental insurance providers for you.