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Changing the name on a credit card account

Congratulations on your marriage! Now the fun begins. No, we're not talking about long walks on the beach; we' re talking about your new last name.

If you've chosen to take your husband's name, you'd better start letting people know, and this includes those involved in your financial life. One of the first changes you'll no doubt make is to your credit card accounts.

The form letter below shows just how easy it is to get your new last name put on your account -- and new charge card, too. Personalize the letter below by entering your specifics in the areas in red. You can print out this Web page and make your changes by hand or copy the body of the letter and paste it into a document where you can make your changes on your PC.


Customer Service Department
Credit Card Company Name
Company's Address
City, State and ZIP Code

Re: Request to change name on credit card name account number

Dear Sir or Madam:

My card name account referenced above is carried under my maiden name: Full pre-marriage name. However, I have recently married and now am legally known as: Full married name.

This letter is my formal request that you change your records of my credit card account to reflect my new name. In addition to my new name, your data should indicate my new address. Below I have listed the pertinent information you can use to update my card name account records:

Pre-marriage information

Married information

Full maiden name
Credit card account number
Old mailing address
City, State and ZIP Code

New married name
Credit card account number
New mailing address
City, State and ZIP Code

In addition to changing the information on my account, please issue me a new credit card in my new name.

If you have any questions about these changes, you can contact me by mail at my new address or by telephone at number.

I am enclosing a copy of my marriage license. This will verify my name change and ensure accurate spelling on my updated account records and new credit card.

Thank you for your prompt attention to my request.

Your Signature
Your Typed Name
City, State and ZIP Code

Enclosure: marriage license (copy)

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-- Posted: Oct. 23, 2003
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