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People change their name for many different reasons, including marriage, divorce, convenience, honoring an ancestral name or simply personal preference. There are a number of different ways to change your name in your state.

This attorney-prepared packet contains:
  1. Information for the Name Change Packet;
  2. Instructions for the Name Change Packet;
  3. Civil Cover Sheet;
  4. Application for Change of Name for Adult;
  5. Notice of Hearing Regarding Application for Change of Name;
  6. Consent of Spouse/Parent to Name Change of an Adult/Other Parent and Waiver of Notice;
  7. Affidavit of Service by Certified Mail;
  8. Acceptance of Service; and
  9. Order Changing Name for an Adult
State Law Compliance: This form complies with the laws of your state
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Divorce Name Change Kit
(Alaska)











This Packet Includes:
1. General Information
2. Checklist
3. Step-by-Step Instructions
4. Divorce Name Change Kit for Alaska









General Information
Divorce Name Change Kit for Alaska

Overview

Divorce can be a draining and confusing process for all parties.  This name change kit is designed to simplify the process of reclaiming your former name and beginning your life anew.   We hope to make this process as quick and as painless as possible.  

As a point of reference, a divorce decree granted by the state showing your new name qualifies as a legal name change.  You dont have to go to court again or get any other official decrees.  But although you have legally changed your name, your records and identification cards will not reflect this.  Thats where we come in.

This kit contains: forms that you will need to change your name on government documents; letters notifying companies, organizations, and agencies of your name change; and a helpful checklist to ensure that you dont miss any thing.

Requirements

To use this packet you must be:

(i)   Over the age of 18;
(ii)   A resident of the state of Alaska; and
(iii)   Recently or soon to be divorced.

You may not use this packet if you are:

(i)   Under the age of 18; or
(ii)   Changing your name for fraudulent or other improper purposes.

Materials
This form packet contains the following forms:

(i)           Information for the Name Change Kit;
(ii)              Checklist;
(iii)         Instructions for the Name Change Kit;
(iv)           Sample Letter 1;
(v)             Sample Letter 2;
(vi)           Contract Amendment;
(vii)   

      Links to Application for Title and Registration
(Vehicle title registration);  
(viii)         Links to Form SS-5 (social security);
(ix)         Links to U.S. Passport Forms; and
(x)           Links to Form 8822 (I.R.S.)

You can fill out the forms on the computer by entering the requested information in the appropriate fields or you can fill them out manually. If you are filling out the forms manually and are not using a typewriter, use black ink and print as legibly and neatly as possible.  

Some of the forms to which we provide access may be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need a free Adobe Acrobat Viewer to view and use them. PDF forms usually have to be either filled out by hand or on a typewriter.



The forms linked in this packet may be modified by the State of Alaska from time to time, so you should check with your local government agency to ensure that they are up to date.



Checklist
 Divorce  Name Change Kit
Alaska

   Social Security Card

   Drivers License

   Vehicle Registration/Title

   Passport

   Internal Revenue Service

   Voter Registration

   Utilities
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Bank and Investment Accounts
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Credit Cards
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Insurance Companies
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________





   Wills, Trusts, etc.
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Contracts
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Employee Documents
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Clubs and Organizations
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Doctors and Other Medical
   Personnel
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Post Office

   Other: ____________________

   Other: ____________________





 Step-by-Step Instructions
 Divorce Name Change Kit for Alaska

Step 1:  Read the Instructions Carefully.  You need to read these instructions as well as the instructions contained in any of the enclosed forms.

Step 1:  Certified Copies of Your Divorce Decree.   If you need another copy of your divorce decree, you can visit the county or city clerks office at which your divorce was granted.  The clerk can tell you how much the certified copy will cost and how soon it can be delivered to you.  It may be helpful to provide your local clerk with the docket number associated with your divorce to facilitate this process.

Step 3: Changing Documents and Identification.  
To keep from getting confused or overlooking one of the forms, check each off as you complete it.

   Social Security Card.   Form SS-5.  You should change your name with the Social Security Administration (the “SSA”) before attempting to change your name on your drivers license.  The reason for this is that the Department of Motor Vehicles (the “DMV”) will check with the SSA to ensure that the information is the same before issuing you a new drivers license.

To change your name on your social security card, complete Form SS-5 (access information can be found below).  You will need to provide proof of your name changeyour divorce decree will qualify.  The SSA requires the original document, so if you mail your SS-5 form, you will also need to mail your original divorce decree.  If you feel uncomfortable mailing an original or a certified copy of your divorce decree, you can visit your nearest Social Security Office in person.  

Once completed, the form should be mailed (along with the original or certified copy of your divorce decree) to your local Social Security Office.  The office will be listed under U.S. Government Agencies in your telephone book or you can call 1-800-772-1213.



Form SS-5 can be downloaded from http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf.  

   Drivers License.   To change your name on your drivers license you must go in person to your local DMV Office where you will be asked to show your old license and a copy of your certified divorce decree or other dissolution of marriage documents reflecting your name change.  You will be asked to pass a vision test at that time.  The fee for this service is generally $15 but check with your local DMV office as fees tend to often change.

To locate the nearest DMV office, visit http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/office/index.htm.   

   Vehicle Title and Registration.   If you own the title to your car, you will need to sign the title over from your previous name to your new name.  In other words, the “Seller” will be Jane Doe and the “Buyer” will be Jane Smith.  In addition, you will need to complete an Application for Title and Registration, which may be found at: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/forms/pdfs/812.pdf.  Write in all of the information as you wish it to appear on the new title; you will not, however, need to complete the section relating to the odometer reading.  In the Affidavit section, write “Name change only due to divorce.”  The fee for this title change is generally around $15, but you should check with your local DMV office as fees are often changed.

If your vehicle is being financed, you will need to contact the institution that is financing your vehicle in order to complete a name change on your title.  The procedures for this change will vary from institution to institution, but a representative of your financing company should be able to walk you through the process.  You will need to complete the Application for Title and Registration, linked above but in the Affidavit section, in addition to the phrase mentioned above, you will also need to write “Lien to remain the same.”  The fee for this title change is generally $15 but check with your local DMV office as fees tend to often change.

Note that if your registration sticker expires soon, you may make appropriate corrections on the renewal application; however, the title and registration must be corrected at the same time.

   Passport.  Form DS-5504 and DS-82.  If you have a U.S. passport, your name should be amended.  

Option 1


If your passport is currently valid and was issued within the last year, you can use Form DS-5504 (the U.S. Passport Re-application Form).  You can download at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds5504/ds5504_2663.html.   Along with the completed form, you will need to send a certified copy of your divorce decree, your old passport and two recent, color photos of you alone (2”x2”).  Please check the website for any fees associated with this service.  Once completed, your amended passport and divorce decree will be returned to you by priority mail.  



The form, divorce decree, new photos and old passport should be sent to:



National Passport Processing Center
P.O. Box 90107
Philadelphia, PA   19190-0107

For expedited services (additional fee applies):

National Passport Processing CenterPost Office Box 90907Philadelphia, PA   19190-0907
To ensure minimal processing time for expedited services, Passport Services recommends using overnight delivery when submitting the application and including the appropriate postage fee for return overnight delivery for the completed passport.  

Passport Services recommends using trackable mailing service when submitting any type of passport application due to the sensitivity of the documents enclosed.

Option 2
If your passport was issued more than one year ago, you will need to use either Form DS-82 or DS-11.  Use form DS-82 if: i) you can submit your old passport; ii) you were at least 16 years old when the passport was issued and iii) the passport was issued within the last 15 years. You can download this form off the internet at http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds82/ds82_843.html.  Along with your completed form, you will need to send a certified copy of your divorce decree, your old passport, two recent, color photos of you alone (2”x2”), and a check for the fee amount.  The fee for this service is $67.

The form, divorce decree, new photos, old passport and fee should be sent to:

National Passport Processing CenterPost Office Box 90155Philadelphia, PA  19190-0155 



For expedited service (additional fee applies):

National Passport Processing CenterPost Office Box 90955Philadelphia, PA   19190-0955
To ensure minimal processing time for expedited services, Passport Services recommends using overnight delivery when submitting the application and including the appropriate postage fee for return overnight delivery for the completed passport.  



Passport Services recommends using trackable mailing service when submitting any type of passport application due to the sensitivity of the documents enclosed.

Option 3
If you dont qualify for either option 1 or option 2, you will need to reapply for you passport by submitting Form DS-11.  This will require additional documentation.  For information on Form DS-11, visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html.

   Federal Tax Information.   Once you have contacted and made your name change official with the SSA, they will contact the IRS within 10 days to report the change.  If you have also changed your address, you will need to complete Form 8822 (access information can be found below).  Mailing instructions and other information are included with the form.

Form 8822 can be accessed from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irspdf/f8822.pdf.  

   Voter Registration.   Typically you can change your voter registration at the same time you change your drivers license.  Many states include voter registration information and amendment opportunities on the same form with license amendments.  Just ask the clerk at the DMV what you need to do.  You can also visit your local city hall, county courthouse or public library.  All of these institutions should have the forms you need.  For more information you can check the Federal Election Commissions website at: http://www.fec.gov/.  
 
   Utilities.   If you are remaining at your old house or apartment, all of your utility statements (including water, gas, electricity, internet, cable, etc.) will need to be changed to your new name.  The process is very casual and is often best completed by making a phone call to the appropriate office.  If they request a letter or if you would prefer to send one, we have included two Sample Letters for this purpose.  The first includes a change of address as well as a change of name.  The second is a name change only.  



   Bank and Investment Accounts.   To the extent that the bank and investment accounts maintained during your marriage are deemed your property in your divorce settlement, you will need to inform those institutions of your name change.  This will include any saving, checking, or investment accounts you have been awarded.  Contact your bank or other financial services provider and ask them what the procedure for a name change is.  Often, these types of institutions will require that you come in person and present them with acceptable proof of identity (this proof required will change depending on the institution, but they will generally accept your divorce decree and drivers license).  In some instances, you may need to appear in person with your former spouse to sign off on the transfer.



In some instances, if the property (i.e., the accounts) has been divided in your divorce settlement, you may need to establish new accounts for your property.  This should be a fairly straightforward process, and representatives associated with those institutions will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

   Credit Cards.   If, during your marriage, you and your spouse shared a credit card, that account may be dissolved and you may need to apply for a new card.  Alternatively, you may have kept ownership of that account.  If this is the case, it is a good idea to change your name on that card, not only to avoid confusion, but because your drivers license will now have your new name and will not have or reflect your spouses.  You may use one of the attached sample letters to notify your credit card companies of this change.

   Insurance.   If you intend to maintain the same car, home, or life insurance that you had during your marriage, you will need to contact your carrier to inform them of your name change.  Give your carrier a call (the contact information can be found on your last statement).  If you wish to remove your spouse from this insurance, this may involve additional steps of which your carrier will inform you.  They may require that you send them written notification of this change.  If that is the case, you can use one of the sample letters included in this kit.

   Wills, Trusts, etc.   You should change your name on any will, trust, or other similar document.  In addition, in connection with your divorce, you may also want to change your beneficiary or make other amendments.  Contact your lawyer or trust officer to discuss what steps you need to take to complete these changes.  Forms for amending your will can also be found at www.findlegalforms.com.



   Contracts.   If you are personally a party to any legal contracts (e.g., leases, supply contracts, services contracts), they should be amended to reflect your new name.  Generally, each contract will specify the steps necessary to amend any information on that agreement.  Review your copy of these agreements, or contact your lawyer, to determine what steps you must take to change your name.  For your reference we have included a generic contract amendment with this kit.



   Employee Documents.   Making changes to employee documents (personnel records, W-2s, paychecks) is usually quite easy.  You work with these people, so they know you, or are at least inclined to trust you because you work with them.  In any case, usually you will need only to contact your personnel department and inform them of the change.  They may have you complete new 1044 or other forms.

   Clubs and Organizations.   If you are a member of a club or organization, you should either call their member services number, or send them a letter informing them of you name change.  Again, there may be additional steps to take if you maintained a joint membership at these clubs or organizations with your spouse.  You can use one of the enclosed sample letters to make a simple name change, but may wish to contact the company for membership adjustments.



  Doctors and Other Medical Personnel.   You should contact any doctors, dentists, or other medical personnel with whom you have an ongoing relationship and inform them of your name change.  This may be done either on the phone, or by using one of the letters enclosed with this package.  

 Post Office.   You will soon begin receiving mail under your new name. You dont need to officially contact the U.S. Postal Service to inform them of your name change, but you will need to inform them of any address changes.  The forms for the address change can be found at your local post office or on the web at: http://www.usps.com/moversguide/.    








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SAMPLE LETTER 1

                        [Insert Date]


Client Services
[Insert Company Name]
[Insert Company Address]                     


RE: ACCT. # [insert account number if applicable]

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to inform you that I have recently been divorced and have changed my name and address.

The current name and address for my account are
___________________________________
Former Name
___________________________________
Former Street Address
___________________________________
Former City, State and Zip

Please change the name and address on the account to the following:

___________________________________
New Name
___________________________________
Street Address
___________________________________
City, State and Zip      

If you have any questions or need additional information or documentation, please do not hesitate to contact me at (______) ________-______________.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

                        Yours Truly,


                        [Insert your name]SAMPLE LETTER 2

                        [Insert Date]





Client Services
[Insert Company Name]
[Insert Company Address]                     



RE: ACCT. # [insert account number if applicable]

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to inform you that I have recently been divorced and have changed my name.
The current name on my account is: _________________________[insert name]
Please change the name on the account to my new name: ___________________
______________________________________________________________________

If you have any questions or need additional information or documentation, please do not hesitate to contact me at (______) ________-______________.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.



                        Yours Truly,


                        [Insert your name]AMENDMENT TO CONTRACT

This Amendment to Contract (the “Amendment”) is entered as of ____________________, 20____ by and between ____________________________________________________ and ___________________________________________________________________, who may collectively be referred to as the “Parties.

WHEREAS, the Parties entered into an agreement dated ________________, 20__ regarding ____________________________________________________________________  ___________________________________________________________ (the “Contract”); and

WHEREAS, the Parties wish to amend the Contract.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties hereby agree as follows:

AMENDMENT:  The Contract is amended as follows:
[Describe the amendment below or attach it as an exhibit to this document]
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

OTHER TERMS OF THE CONTRACT:  The Parties agree that all other terms, conditions and obligations of the Contract remain in effect throughout the term of the Contract except for those provisions of the Contract that are directly contradicted by this Amendment, in which event the terms of this Amendment shall control.  

BINDING EFFECT: The covenants and conditions contained in this Amendment shall apply to and bind the parties and the heirs, legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns of the Parties.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Amendment to be executed the day and year written above.

________________________________      _________________________________

___________________________________      _________________________________
(Name)                  (Name)
___________________________________      _________________________________
(Position, if applicable)            (Position, if applicable)
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DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
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Product number#29483
This is the content of the form and is provided for your convenience. It is not necessarily what the actual form looks like and does not include the information, instructions and other materials that come with the form you would purchase. An actual sample can also be viewed by clicking on the "Sample Form" near the top left of this page.












Divorce Name Change Kit
(Alaska)











This Packet Includes:
1. General Information
2. Checklist
3. Step-by-Step Instructions
4. Divorce Name Change Kit for Alaska









General Information
Divorce Name Change Kit for Alaska

Overview

Divorce can be a draining and confusing process for all parties.  This name change kit is designed to simplify the process of reclaiming your former name and beginning your life anew.   We hope to make this process as quick and as painless as possible.  

As a point of reference, a divorce decree granted by the state showing your new name qualifies as a legal name change.  You dont have to go to court again or get any other official decrees.  But although you have legally changed your name, your records and identification cards will not reflect this.  Thats where we come in.

This kit contains: forms that you will need to change your name on government documents; letters notifying companies, organizations, and agencies of your name change; and a helpful checklist to ensure that you dont miss any thing.

Requirements

To use this packet you must be:

(i)   Over the age of 18;
(ii)   A resident of the state of Alaska; and
(iii)   Recently or soon to be divorced.

You may not use this packet if you are:

(i)   Under the age of 18; or
(ii)   Changing your name for fraudulent or other improper purposes.

Materials
This form packet contains the following forms:

(i)           Information for the Name Change Kit;
(ii)              Checklist;
(iii)         Instructions for the Name Change Kit;
(iv)           Sample Letter 1;
(v)             Sample Letter 2;
(vi)           Contract Amendment;
(vii)   

      Links to Application for Title and Registration
(Vehicle title registration);  
(viii)         Links to Form SS-5 (social security);
(ix)         Links to U.S. Passport Forms; and
(x)           Links to Form 8822 (I.R.S.)

You can fill out the forms on the computer by entering the requested information in the appropriate fields or you can fill them out manually. If you are filling out the forms manually and are not using a typewriter, use black ink and print as legibly and neatly as possible.  

Some of the forms to which we provide access may be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need a free Adobe Acrobat Viewer to view and use them. PDF forms usually have to be either filled out by hand or on a typewriter.



The forms linked in this packet may be modified by the State of Alaska from time to time, so you should check with your local government agency to ensure that they are up to date.



Checklist
 Divorce  Name Change Kit
Alaska

   Social Security Card

   Drivers License

   Vehicle Registration/Title

   Passport

   Internal Revenue Service

   Voter Registration

   Utilities
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Bank and Investment Accounts
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Credit Cards
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Insurance Companies
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________





   Wills, Trusts, etc.
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Contracts
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Employee Documents
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Clubs and Organizations
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Doctors and Other Medical
   Personnel
   1) _______________________
   2) _______________________
   3) _______________________
   4) ________________________

   Post Office

   Other: ____________________

   Other: ____________________





 Step-by-Step Instructions
 Divorce Name Change Kit for Alaska

Step 1:  Read the Instructions Carefully.  You need to read these instructions as well as the instructions contained in any of the enclosed forms.

Step 1:  Certified Copies of Your Divorce Decree.   If you need another copy of your divorce decree, you can visit the county or city clerks office at which your divorce was granted.  The clerk can tell you how much the certified copy will cost and how soon it can be delivered to you.  It may be helpful to provide your local clerk with the docket number associated with your divorce to facilitate this process.

Step 3: Changing Documents and Identification.  
To keep from getting confused or overlooking one of the forms, check each off as you complete it.

   Social Security Card.   Form SS-5.  You should change your name with the Social Security Administration (the “SSA”) before attempting to change your name on your drivers license.  The reason for this is that the Department of Motor Vehicles (the “DMV”) will check with the SSA to ensure that the information is the same before issuing you a new drivers license.

To change your name on your social security card, complete Form SS-5 (access information can be found below).  You will need to provide proof of your name changeyour divorce decree will qualify.  The SSA requires the original document, so if you mail your SS-5 form, you will also need to mail your original divorce decree.  If you feel uncomfortable mailing an original or a certified copy of your divorce decree, you can visit your nearest Social Security Office in person.  

Once completed, the form should be mailed (along with the original or certified copy of your divorce decree) to your local Social Security Office.  The office will be listed under U.S. Government Agencies in your telephone book or you can call 1-800-772-1213.



Form SS-5 can be downloaded from http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf.  

   Drivers License.   To change your name on your drivers license you must go in person to your local DMV Office where you will be asked to show your old license and a copy of your certified divorce decree or other dissolution of marriage documents reflecting your name change.  You will be asked to pass a vision test at that time.  The fee for this service is generally $15 but check with your local DMV office as fees tend to often change.

To locate the nearest DMV office, visit http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/office/index.htm.   

   Vehicle Title and Registration.   If you own the title to your car, you will need to sign the title over from your previous name to your new name.  In other words, the “Seller” will be Jane Doe and the “Buyer” will be Jane Smith.  In addition, you will need to complete an Application for Title and Registration, which may be found at: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/forms/pdfs/812.pdf.  Write in all of the information as you wish it to appear on the new title; you will not, however, need to complete the section relating to the odometer reading.  In the Affidavit section, write “Name change only due to divorce.”  The fee for this title change is generally around $15, but you should check with your local DMV office as fees are often changed.

If your vehicle is being financed, you will need to contact the institution that is financing your vehicle in order to complete a name change on your title.  The procedures for this change will vary from institution to institution, but a representative of your financing company should be able to walk you through the process.  You will need to complete the Application for Title and Registration, linked above but in the Affidavit section, in addition to the phrase mentioned above, you will also need to write “Lien to remain the same.”  The fee for this title change is generally $15 but check with your local DMV office as fees tend to often change.

Note that if your registration sticker expires soon, you may make appropriate corrections on the renewal application; however, the title and registration must be corrected at the same time.

   Passport.  Form DS-5504 and DS-82.  If you have a U.S. passport, your name should be amended.  

Option 1


If your passport is currently valid and was issued within the last year, you can use Form DS-5504 (the U.S. Passport Re-application Form).  You can download at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds5504/ds5504_2663.html.   Along with the completed form, you will need to send a certified copy of your divorce decree, your old passport and two recent, color photos of you alone (2”x2”).  Please check the website for any fees associated with this service.  Once completed, your amended passport and divorce decree will be returned to you by priority mail.  



The form, divorce decree, new photos and old passport should be sent to:



National Passport Processing Center
P.O. Box 90107
Philadelphia, PA   19190-0107

For expedited services (additional fee applies):

National Passport Processing CenterPost Office Box 90907Philadelphia, PA   19190-0907
To ensure minimal processing time for expedited services, Passport Services recommends using overnight delivery when submitting the application and including the appropriate postage fee for return overnight delivery for the completed passport.  

Passport Services recommends using trackable mailing service when submitting any type of passport application due to the sensitivity of the documents enclosed.

Option 2
If your passport was issued more than one year ago, you will need to use either Form DS-82 or DS-11.  Use form DS-82 if: i) you can submit your old passport; ii) you were at least 16 years old when the passport was issued and iii) the passport was issued within the last 15 years. You can download this form off the internet at http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds82/ds82_843.html.  Along with your completed form, you will need to send a certified copy of your divorce decree, your old passport, two recent, color photos of you alone (2”x2”), and a check for the fee amount.  The fee for this service is $67.

The form, divorce decree, new photos, old passport and fee should be sent to:

National Passport Processing CenterPost Office Box 90155Philadelphia, PA  19190-0155 



For expedited service (additional fee applies):

National Passport Processing CenterPost Office Box 90955Philadelphia, PA   19190-0955
To ensure minimal processing time for expedited services, Passport Services recommends using overnight delivery when submitting the application and including the appropriate postage fee for return overnight delivery for the completed passport.  



Passport Services recommends using trackable mailing service when submitting any type of passport application due to the sensitivity of the documents enclosed.

Option 3
If you dont qualify for either option 1 or option 2, you will need to reapply for you passport by submitting Form DS-11.  This will require additional documentation.  For information on Form DS-11, visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html.

   Federal Tax Information.   Once you have contacted and made your name change official with the SSA, they will contact the IRS within 10 days to report the change.  If you have also changed your address, you will need to complete Form 8822 (access information can be found below).  Mailing instructions and other information are included with the form.

Form 8822 can be accessed from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irspdf/f8822.pdf.  

   Voter Registration.   Typically you can change your voter registration at the same time you change your drivers license.  Many states include voter registration information and amendment opportunities on the same form with license amendments.  Just ask the clerk at the DMV what you need to do.  You can also visit your local city hall, county courthouse or public library.  All of these institutions should have the forms you need.  For more information you can check the Federal Election Commissions website at: http://www.fec.gov/.  
 
   Utilities.   If you are remaining at your old house or apartment, all of your utility statements (including water, gas, electricity, internet, cable, etc.) will need to be changed to your new name.  The process is very casual and is often best completed by making a phone call to the appropriate office.  If they request a letter or if you would prefer to send one, we have included two Sample Letters for this purpose.  The first includes a change of address as well as a change of name.  The second is a name change only.  



   Bank and Investment Accounts.   To the extent that the bank and investment accounts maintained during your marriage are deemed your property in your divorce settlement, you will need to inform those institutions of your name change.  This will include any saving, checking, or investment accounts you have been awarded.  Contact your bank or other financial services provider and ask them what the procedure for a name change is.  Often, these types of institutions will require that you come in person and present them with acceptable proof of identity (this proof required will change depending on the institution, but they will generally accept your divorce decree and drivers license).  In some instances, you may need to appear in person with your former spouse to sign off on the transfer.



In some instances, if the property (i.e., the accounts) has been divided in your divorce settlement, you may need to establish new accounts for your property.  This should be a fairly straightforward process, and representatives associated with those institutions will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

   Credit Cards.   If, during your marriage, you and your spouse shared a credit card, that account may be dissolved and you may need to apply for a new card.  Alternatively, you may have kept ownership of that account.  If this is the case, it is a good idea to change your name on that card, not only to avoid confusion, but because your drivers license will now have your new name and will not have or reflect your spouses.  You may use one of the attached sample letters to notify your credit card companies of this change.

   Insurance.   If you intend to maintain the same car, home, or life insurance that you had during your marriage, you will need to contact your carrier to inform them of your name change.  Give your carrier a call (the contact information can be found on your last statement).  If you wish to remove your spouse from this insurance, this may involve additional steps of which your carrier will inform you.  They may require that you send them written notification of this change.  If that is the case, you can use one of the sample letters included in this kit.

   Wills, Trusts, etc.   You should change your name on any will, trust, or other similar document.  In addition, in connection with your divorce, you may also want to change your beneficiary or make other amendments.  Contact your lawyer or trust officer to discuss what steps you need to take to complete these changes.  Forms for amending your will can also be found at www.findlegalforms.com.



   Contracts.   If you are personally a party to any legal contracts (e.g., leases, supply contracts, services contracts), they should be amended to reflect your new name.  Generally, each contract will specify the steps necessary to amend any information on that agreement.  Review your copy of these agreements, or contact your lawyer, to determine what steps you must take to change your name.  For your reference we have included a generic contract amendment with this kit.



   Employee Documents.   Making changes to employee documents (personnel records, W-2s, paychecks) is usually quite easy.  You work with these people, so they know you, or are at least inclined to trust you because you work with them.  In any case, usually you will need only to contact your personnel department and inform them of the change.  They may have you complete new 1044 or other forms.

   Clubs and Organizations.   If you are a member of a club or organization, you should either call their member services number, or send them a letter informing them of you name change.  Again, there may be additional steps to take if you maintained a joint membership at these clubs or organizations with your spouse.  You can use one of the enclosed sample letters to make a simple name change, but may wish to contact the company for membership adjustments.



  Doctors and Other Medical Personnel.   You should contact any doctors, dentists, or other medical personnel with whom you have an ongoing relationship and inform them of your name change.  This may be done either on the phone, or by using one of the letters enclosed with this package.  

 Post Office.   You will soon begin receiving mail under your new name. You dont need to officially contact the U.S. Postal Service to inform them of your name change, but you will need to inform them of any address changes.  The forms for the address change can be found at your local post office or on the web at: http://www.usps.com/moversguide/.    








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SAMPLE LETTER 1

                        [Insert Date]


Client Services
[Insert Company Name]
[Insert Company Address]                     


RE: ACCT. # [insert account number if applicable]

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to inform you that I have recently been divorced and have changed my name and address.

The current name and address for my account are
___________________________________
Former Name
___________________________________
Former Street Address
___________________________________
Former City, State and Zip

Please change the name and address on the account to the following:

___________________________________
New Name
___________________________________
Street Address
___________________________________
City, State and Zip      

If you have any questions or need additional information or documentation, please do not hesitate to contact me at (______) ________-______________.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

                        Yours Truly,


                        [Insert your name]SAMPLE LETTER 2

                        [Insert Date]





Client Services
[Insert Company Name]
[Insert Company Address]                     



RE: ACCT. # [insert account number if applicable]

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to inform you that I have recently been divorced and have changed my name.
The current name on my account is: _________________________[insert name]
Please change the name on the account to my new name: ___________________
______________________________________________________________________

If you have any questions or need additional information or documentation, please do not hesitate to contact me at (______) ________-______________.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.



                        Yours Truly,


                        [Insert your name]AMENDMENT TO CONTRACT

This Amendment to Contract (the “Amendment”) is entered as of ____________________, 20____ by and between ____________________________________________________ and ___________________________________________________________________, who may collectively be referred to as the “Parties.

WHEREAS, the Parties entered into an agreement dated ________________, 20__ regarding ____________________________________________________________________  ___________________________________________________________ (the “Contract”); and

WHEREAS, the Parties wish to amend the Contract.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties hereby agree as follows:

AMENDMENT:  The Contract is amended as follows:
[Describe the amendment below or attach it as an exhibit to this document]
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

OTHER TERMS OF THE CONTRACT:  The Parties agree that all other terms, conditions and obligations of the Contract remain in effect throughout the term of the Contract except for those provisions of the Contract that are directly contradicted by this Amendment, in which event the terms of this Amendment shall control.  

BINDING EFFECT: The covenants and conditions contained in this Amendment shall apply to and bind the parties and the heirs, legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns of the Parties.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Amendment to be executed the day and year written above.

________________________________      _________________________________

___________________________________      _________________________________
(Name)                  (Name)
___________________________________      _________________________________
(Position, if applicable)            (Position, if applicable)

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