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The Short Version: When Danielle Tate got married in her 20s, she couldn’t believe how difficult and confusing the name-change process was. She thought there had to be a better way. In 2006, she decided to create a time-saving solution for brides, like herself, who wanted to change their names. Today, MissNowMrs.com has helped over 400,000 people complete the proper paperwork to get their driver’s licenses, passports, and Social Security cards changed to their married names. You can use this comprehensive resource to navigate the name-change process without a lot of unnecessary headaches. MissNowMrs.com autocompletes the forms you need and offers simple instructions for where those forms need to go, so you can spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time enjoying being married.
Because my sister-in-law is a vocal feminist, she always knew her ideal match would have to be someone who could stand beside a strong woman without feeling threatened. Eight years ago, on her first date with my brother, she insisted on paying for their meal and was impressed that he didn’t quibble with her. He respected her choice and promised to pay next time. That night they built their relationship on equal footing, and their bond has only strengthened with time.
When my brother proposed, he said he was willing to hyphenate or take her name, but she was enthusiastic about changing her name and becoming a Brooks. She liked that it would be easy for everyone to spell and pronounce, unlike her maiden name, so she felt no qualms about taking a married name.
However, she didn’t realize what a hassle the whole name-changing process would be. After their wedding day, she entered a between-names limbo as she filled out form after form. She had to get all new ID cards, from her driver’s license to her student ID, and jump through hoops to make sure everyone knew her by the right name. When the last piece of the puzzle (her passport) came in, we went out to dinner to celebrate her finally becoming a full-fledged Brooks — five months after her wedding day.
Changing your maiden name to your married name can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, especially for brides who’ve never gone through a name change before. Fortunately, MissNowMrs.com offers newlyweds an easy solution guaranteed to shorten the time, stress, and difficulty of going from a Ms. to a Mrs.
Danielle Tate, Founder and CEO of MissNowMrs, said her experience as a 20-something newlywed inspired her to create the online name-change service in 2006. “I wanted to make newlywed life easier,” she said. “I thought there should be a name-change service because it can be frustrating dealing with so many different government agencies to change your name.”
In 2006, Danielle quit her job as an account executive to launch a website that would simplify the name-change process for everyone. Since its inception, MissNowMrs.com has provided seamless, all-in-one solutions to newlyweds looking to get new Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, passports, or voter registration cards.
The startup began with a simple idea, and today it has helped over 400,000 customers in the US and Canada. If you’re recently married and looking to change your name, you can do so in three simple steps thanks to MissNowMrs.
It typically takes customers less than 30 minutes to go on the website and get their name-change paperwork in order. You can start with a six-month free trial, which includes access to the IRS form to change your name. If you want online tools to change your Social Security card, passport, driver’s license, voter registration card, and other governmental forms, you can upgrade your membership for a one-time fee.
First, you must complete the Questions Page, which will ask for basic personal details based on the requirements of your state of residence. Once you’ve completed all questions on the Questions Page, your answers will be used to complete the appropriate forms as well as letters to notify your creditors. If you don’t feel comfortable giving your information on the website, you can leave certain fields blank and write in the answers yourself when you print out the forms.
MissNowMrs will autocomplete your answers on all the necessary forms based on the information you provide. You can print the completed forms out along with useful instruction sheets about where to send which form. Danielle writes these instruction sheets herself. For over a decade, she has done all she can to make the name-change system easier on newly married couples.
“Because we’ve been in business so long, we’ve seen everything,” she said. “Essentially, we consider ourselves name-change fairy godmothers.”
MissNowMrs walks newlyweds through the name-change process so they can stop stressing and focus on loving married life. Danielle said the company has been profitable since its first month, and she’s grateful to all the brides who used the service and then recommended it to their friends.
“I love it when customers buy MissNowMrs.com gift cards to give at bridal showers,” Danielle said. “It’s validating, and it means a lot to us.”
“This is the BEST gift I received at my show,” said Kelsey G. in a testimonial. “I was dreading figuring out all of this — and you made it so simple!”
“Awesome, so easy, and efficient. Made my life so much easier & stress-free.” — Laura H., a MissNowMrs.com customer
Since its launch in 2006, MissNowMrs.com has received hundreds of positive testimonials from people who used the service to change their names without any muss or fuss. “I just love the website. It was convenient for me,” said April P. “I especially appreciate the step-by-step instructions.”
“Easy, easy, easy!” gushed Johanna J. “I’ve been dreading going through this entire process, and now, for the most part, I’ll only need stamps and envelopes! Fantastic, totally worth the fee.”
Danielle is a forward-thinking entrepreneur who’s always innovating to make women’s lives easier. In addition to MissNowMrs, she has launched the Married Name Game, a fun exercise that helps the affianced work out what to do about their last names once they’re married. You give your name, answer a few short questions, and see what the algorithm has in mind for your last name. The quiz results include options like hyphenating both names and changing a maiden name to a middle name to give brides ideas on ways to seamlessly turn two families into one.
When she was founding her tech startup, Danielle noticed there weren’t a lot of resources or support for female self-starters. She wanted to lend a hand to smart women in the business world, so in 2015 she wrote a self-help book called “Elegant Entrepreneur” to break down what it takes to start a lucrative business. In plain language, Danielle writes about the strategy and emotions behind entrepreneurial endeavors.
“I wanted to write about how it feels,” she said, “because I didn’t see a lot of people talking about that. I wanted to describe the emotions behind the business.”
“Elegant Entrepreneur” is a step-by-step guide that teaches entrepreneurial women how to turn good ideas into successful businesses, just like Danielle did when she was 25.
Currently, the MissNowMrs team is working on putting together a free resource focused on marriage licenses. MarriageLicenseNow.com will detail the marriage license policies in all 50 states, so brides across the US can easily figure out where to go and what to bring when getting a marriage license. This comprehensive guide can remove the bureaucratic confusion for folks looking to say “I do.”
Danielle Tate doesn’t think women must change their names when they get married, but if they want to take that step, she has an online solution to help newlyweds make that transition. MissNowMrs.com is a convenient resource for women seeking a shortcut through the avalanche of paperwork that comes with going from an “I” to a “we.”
MissNowMrs automatically fills out the necessary governmental forms and gives specific instructions on where they need to be sent. Thanks to these frequently updated and knowledgeable resources, hundreds of thousands of brides have skipped the bureaucratic headaches and gotten their names changed with the span of a few clicks.
The MissNowMrs team supports young brides, like my sister-in-law, who want to change their names to signify their new married status. “We’ve purposefully kept ourselves small,” Danielle said about the startup, “because we like to give that intimate touch. We want everyone who comes to us to have someone who understands coaching them through their name-change decision.”