March 17, 2018
Are you getting married? Are you or your future spouse going to be changing names? No one has time to drive to every single government-run office. Here’s the easy way to complete everything and get your new name!
I got married last year and have just recently been working on changing my name. It is something no one really talks about, but it SHOULD be talked about. The process is so drawn out and laborious, especially in Louisiana… more on that later.
Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, my bank, my business, my workplace, my insurance, car payment, etc. It never ends. The amount of paperwork to change my name and the paperwork to update my contact information everywhere I do business is laughable. I didn’t know where to start. I was scrolling on Instagram (as our generation does) and saw an advertisement for this relatively new company, HitchSwitch.
It was like the skies had opened up and the sun was shining down on me. It was everything I could have ever hoped for and more.
There are several options when using HitchSwitch, and I chose the one where they would compile the relevant paperwork and I would print them out and submit them to the offices. Everything except the DMV was covered, and that was only because the Louisiana DMV doesn’t accept pre-printed forms. I was able to download everything as .pdf and all the information fields were filled in correctly. That sounds wonderful, yeah? It gets better– I didn’t even pick the easiest option HitchSwitch offers. They have packages that will automate everything, including sending out your files for you.
When you get the basic package, where all the files are compiled for you, this is what it looks like when you log in. It’s so easy to print everything out, sign the forms, and drop them off at the right locations.
While I picked the package that simply compiled everything into downloadable forms, it took such huge burdens off of me. All I had to do was show up to the office, hand them my paper and show them the wedding license, and BOOM! done! And while my experience with the Social Security office won’t be replicated across the country, I only waited in line for two minutes and it took a minute to get my receipt from the receptionist. 3 minutes. Total. Magical.
Thank you, HitchSwitch, for making it so simple to do what is normally so complicated!