Blac Chyna is ready to build her own part of the Kardashian empire, filing legal documents to claim the name Angela Renee Kardashian. Like most brides and grooms, she is prepping to change her name once she marries Rob Kardashian. But if you’ve ever gone through the process of changing your name, you know that it’s not as simple as saying “I do.”
Practically speaking, there are number of things that Blac Chyna (or any other bride) needs to do to legally change her moniker to her chosen married name.
Marriage certificates are an essential part of the process. According to LegalZoom.com, you will need several certified copies of this document before you can even consider switching up your name. It is suggested that you get copies of your long-form marriage certificate, if you have the option.
Speaking of state laws, you will need to look up your state’s requirements for changing your name after marriage because different states have different rules for this process.
Next, you must remember to update your social security, which will also require a copy of your marriage certificate to support your request. It would also be a good idea to bring along a couple other forms of ID to prove your identity when you request a name change.
While you’re at it, you should update your driver’s license or state ID, too. Be clear on your states laws regarding this, because you may not be able to take this step until you get your new social security card.
And the paperwork does not end there. TheKnot.com reports that once someone legally changes their name, there are a bunch of other things they need to update that may not immediately come to mind.
For example, while you’re updating all of your other means of identification, go ahead and refresh your passport so that you can still travel abroad. The process can be a bit timely (it can take up to three weeks), so make sure you don’t wait until a few weeks before your trip.
It’s also important that you update your employer payroll information because you still want to collect your checks without any complications, right? On that same note, you would need to update all of your financial information, including credits cards and investment accounts.
Similarly, you can’t forget to revise the customer information on your utility bills because you don’t want someone shutting off your light and water because utility companies aren’t recognizing the payments your making under your maiden name
Blac Chyna’s got a lot of work ahead of her to become Angela Kardashian, but we’re sure that Rob will appreciate all the effort it’s going to require of her.