Santa Cruz County Clerk

How to Change Your Name after Marriage

 

You will need to obtain a certified copy of your marriage license.

To obtain a copy of a public marriage license from the Santa Cruz County Recorder’s Office:

  1. Visit the office located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 230, in Santa Cruz between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

  2. Click Here to visit their website for more information

  3. On-line using VitalChek www.vitalchek.com/provider_overview.asp?provider_id=11525

To obtain a copy of a confidential marriage license from the Santa Cruz County Clerk:

  1. Visit the office located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 210, in Santa Cruz between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, complete a form, and show ID. Cost is $15.

  2. By mail, sending a check for $15, with a notarized letter proving identification, and providing the full name of each party to the marriage, the date or at least the year of the marriage, and the address where to mail the certified copy of the marriage license to:

    Santa Cruz County Clerk
    701 Ocean Street, Room 210
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Some of the places listed below (such as the Social Security Administration) will insist on seeing documentation. Others will not. Some will just need a phone call, while others will need to see you in person or get it in writing. Documentation helps with your transition between names, so the more documentation you get, the easier the subsequent changes will be.

We suggest you alert the following places of your name change:

  1. Social Security Administration and your employer. This will assure that your earnings will be properly reported by your employer and recorded in our records. You can get a new card from Social Security with your new name. Click here for name change information and Click Here for getting a new card

  2. DMV

  3. Voter’s Registration www.votescount.com/reg.htm

  4. Credit card agencies

  5. Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw124.html

  6. Utility companies

  7. The post office

  8. Passport travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

  9. Bank

  10. Stocks/bonds/mutual funds

  11. Retirement plans

  12. Real estate

  13. Professional associations

  14. House, car and life insurance

 

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