How much of a financial headache is it to get a (first) name change? Would it be wiser to do it while in college before applying to after-grad jobs?

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Posted by Kevin Lin (MONEY FORUMS: 7, Answers: 0)
Asked on March 11, 2016 10:49 pm
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I have a few friends who have changed their first names, and each situation has been different. First of all, if you are low-income, some states will waive all the court fees. Each state also has difference processes. I would recommend going to the website for your state’s court system, and they will have information on how to get it done. Once you go before a judge, you will still need to change your social security card, driver’s license, passport, and any other identification, such as credit cards and official documents. On future job applications, you will be asked about previous names, but for the most part, once everything is changed over, you shouldn’t have too many issues. Be aware that it could take a few months to get everything settled, so give yourself plenty of time. I would recommend doing it as soon as you can! Good luck!

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Posted by Jessica Ozar (MONEY FORUMS: 2, Answers: 18)
Answered: March 20, 2016 7:10 am
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It costs about $400 in North Carolina. If you will eventually change your name, I would do it sooner rather than later. It would be nice to make it easy for employers to search for you at your Alma Mater.

However, if you think you’ll get married, you could put off the first name change until then and get it free.

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Posted by Hannah Rounds (MONEY FORUMS: 1, Answers: 54)
Answered: March 12, 2016 5:59 pm