Here are the Requirements You Need to Change Your Last Name

So you’re finally married, and you’re getting a head start on your post-wedding to-do list–that’s awesome and very responsible of you! We’re here to shed some light on the topic of changing your last name. For the record, ladies, changing your last name is not required. Couples have different preferences on this topic: The bride may or may not want to change her last name, and it’s not only the bride who gets to decide–even the groom can opt to change his last name too! There are pros and cons to this, and it’s something that you and your spouse should openly discuss.

If you (or your groom!) are set on changing your last name already, here are the requirements and estimated timeframe for each:

1. Passport Old Passport Marriage Certificate (copy and original) Birth certificate (original and photocopy) List of complete requirements 7 days for express, 14 days for regular Don't forget to book an appointment online first!
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2. Driver's License Marriage Certificate (original and photocopy) Same process as renewal Less than a day, but go early

3. Bank Records Marriage Certificate (original) One ID with your married name Less than a day at your bank branch/branches

4. SSS Marriage certificate (photocopy) Old SSS ID Authorization letter 8 weeks

5. PhilHealth Marriage certificate (original and photocopy) Valid Government IDs Less than a day, but go early

6. Pag-IBIG Marriage certificate (original and photocopy) Valid Government IDs Less than a day, but go early

Bonus tips:

  • You don’ t have to change your name right after you get married. You can if you want to, but it’s not necessary. But another tip is that you can change it when you renew a certain document (e.g. passport, etc.).
  • If you have two different IDs (e.g. driver’s license is married name and passport is not), just make sure to present a marriage certificate.

So there you have it, people! Hope this helped you out!

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  1. Do I need to bring a NSO issued Marriage Certificate or I can just bring the copy given by the civil records?

  2. Last time for my passport renewal, I brought my original marriage certificate but the lady insisted I need to bring an NSO issued marriage certificate

  3. For Passport renewal, they will ask for the PSA (formerly NSO) issued Marriage Certificate. For the rest, a Marriage Certificate given by the civil records will do but it should have a certified true copy stamp.

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