If you're choosing to change your name when you get married, you might be surprised to learn that the process is quite lengthy! Far from ticking a box on a website and having your name change apply everywhere (we wish!), you've got to contact every relevant government office, financial institution, and service provider individually. To help simplify the name change process, we've gathered everything you need to know in one place. Without further ado, here's how to change your name after marriage in Ireland.
How to Change your Name after Marriage in Ireland
Once you have a marriage certificate, it's possible to change your surname without executing a deed poll. This means that, once you're married, you can go ahead and use your new surname. You new surname may be your spouse's suname, but it can also be your own surname and your spouse's surname, also known as a double-barrell surname. Your marriage certificate acts as your proof of the name change, so you should bring it with you when changing your name on the following;
To change your name on your passport, you must apply for a brand new passport, and submit your previous passport.
Find full details, visit dfa.ie/passports/documentary-requirements/
Bank Account and Bank Cards
To change your name on your bank account and bank cards, you must visit your local branch with your marriage cert, and a valid form of photo ID. The name on your account can be changed right away, and a new card can be ordered for you once your details have been updated. You should be able to retain the same card number, but if you have direct debit payments, make sure and check that the number still matches.
For full details, contact your bank.
Public Services Card
Changing your name on other documents can be easier if you first change it with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, so it's up-to-date on your Public Services Card. To do this following a marriage, you must submit Photo ID in your pre-marriage name (for example, your Public Services Card, passport or driving licence), and your marriage certificate.
For full information, visit citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/irish_social_welfare_system/public_services_card.html
You can apply online to update your surname on your driving license or learner permit after marriage, if you have first updated your name with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (see above). You will need a Public Services Card and verified MyGovID, along with; proof of your address dated within the last six months if your current address differs from the one you provided when you applied for your PSC; proof that you are normally resident in Ireland if your place of birth and nationality are outside the EU/EEA; a fully-completed medical report form dated within one month, if required in your case. It's also possible to do all this via an appointment at an NDLS centre.
For full details, visit ndls.ie/licensed-driver/update-my-personal-details.html
Once married, you should notify the Revenue as soon as possible. You will need to give details of your own and your spouse's Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), and the date of your marriage. It's possible to do this online if you and your spouse are both registered for myAccount.
For full information, visit revenue.ie/en/life-events-and-personal-circumstances/marital-status/marriage-and-civil-partnerships/index.aspx
Insurance and Pension Providers
You'll need to update your insurance and pension details with your new name so you can be sure your policies remain valid.
For full details, contact your insurance and pension providers.
It's a good idea to notify your doctor and dentist of your name change to avoid any confusion.
For full details, contact your healthcare providers.
It's a good idea to notify your utilities providers (electricity, internet, etc.) of your name change to avoid any confusion.
For full details, contact your utilities providers.
Other Places To Update Your Name Change
If you've changed your name on your bank accounts, you'll need to notify your employers of the name change for payroll. Many people forgo the name change at work, but if you'd like to use your married name professionally, you'll need to update your email signatures, business cards, etc.
If you've changed your name, you might want to update your various social media profiles, too, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, etc.
The Cost Of Changing Your Name in Ireland
- New passport: €75 - €110
- New bank cards: cost varies but usually around €5 to €10
- New driving licence or learner permit: Free (unless your driving licence is also due for renewal or has been lost, stolen or damaged, in which case a fee will apply)
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