For us Filipinos, getting married is something that is sacred, something that is valuable and worth cherishing. That is because we value family. Getting married and becoming united with another person is a huge change to the lives of the two people involved in the relationship, and it entails a whole lot of other major changes – including their marital status and the last name of the bride.
After the wedding, the newlyweds have a whole bunch of things to take care of and that includes updating their IDs and other government and public documents.
Most women also feel the need to change their last name from their maiden name to the last name of their husband. While this is not really required, it has been a tradition that most Filipino women adhere to after getting married.
This can be a pretty daunting and tedious task that newlyweds have to go through, but here are some steps to guide you.
• Bank records. Bank records are one of the most important things you need to update, but all you need to submit is the copy of your PSA Marriage Certificate. Also have your valid IDs ready, but it will also be better if your IDs indicate your new last name already. Most of the time, banks do not charge customer for updates or making changes on the account information.
• You can go to any Philhealth office near you, just bring the original and photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate, and you will be asked to accomplish a form. You will be issued a new ID and this should be free of charge.
• To make it hassle-free, book your DFA appointment online. Check for the requirements online and make sure to bring it on your visit to the office. Download a copy of the form and accomplish it in the DFA office in the presence of a DFA personnel.
• Pag-Ibig. Go to the Pag-Ibig branch near you and submit the original and photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate, together with your valid IDs. You will be given a form to fill out and the update can be immediately done while you wait.
• For employed members, you need to inform your employer that you will be updating your SSS information and secure an authorization to the company so that your HR can process it on your behalf. You will have to submit a photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate, valid ID and SSS. If you wish to have a new UMID ID, you will have to be charged for 300 pesos.