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Marriage Checklist

Congratulations on your marriage! As a result of your marriage, there may be actions you will want to take to update your personal and financial records. To assist you, the staff of the Employee Service Center has compiled this list of actions you may want to consider. All items listed may not pertain to your individual situation, nor may all actions you should consider be included.

Please keep copies of any confirmation e-mails you receive or forms you submit for your personal records. Feel free to call us at 301-517-8100 if you have questions or require assistance.

Note: Forms and online submissions through the Benefits Enrollment System (BES) need to be received by ERSC by the 20th of the month to be processed for the current month. If changes are received after the 20th, the change will be processed with an effective date of the following month.

Example:
Forms and BES online submissions received by September 20 are processed with October 1 effective date
Forms and BES online submissions received after September 20 but before October 20 are processed with November 1 effective date

Change of Name, Address, and Phone Number

Check box graphicComplete MCPS Form 445-1, Change in Personal Information.

Check box graphicIf you are changing your name, attach copy of your marriage certificate.

Check box graphicSend the form and copy of your marriage certificate to the Employee and Retiree Service Center.

Income Tax Withholding

Check box graphicAdjust Your Income Tax Withholding by visiting the Employee Self-Service web page and clicking on My W-4 under the green My Pay banner.

Check box graphicLog in using your MCPS username and password and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Changing an address does not change state and local jurisdictions for income tax withholding. You may also want to examine your dependents and filing status.

Update Direct Deposit Account

Check box graphicLog in to Human Resources Online (HRO) using your MCPS username and password.

Check box graphicFollow the on-screen instructions to make changes to your existing direct deposit account(s).

Health Insurance

To add spouse and any new dependents. Cancel if signing up for family through spouse's coverage.

Check box graphic Visit the Employee Self-Service (ESS) web page and select Benefits enrollment/changes due to qualifying life event. Log in to the Benefits Enrollment System and follow the on-screen instructions to enroll or cancel coverage.

Check box graphic If adding a spouse/dependents to your plan, download a copy of your marriage certificate and dependent children's birth certificates to the Benefits Enrollment System or mail them to the Employee and Retiree Service Center.

Note: MUST BE DONE WITHIN 60 days of marriage, or during next Open Enrollment period. You should receive your updated identification cards within 30 days by mail.

Update Life Insurance Beneficiary

Check box graphicVisit ESS and select Benefits enrollment/changes due to qualifying life event. Log in to the Benefits Enrollment System and follow the on-screen instructions to update your beneficiary(ries).

Add Optional Dependent Life for any New Dependents 

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Visit ESS and select Benefits enrollment/changes due to qualifying life event. Log in to the Benefits Enrollment System and follow the on-screen instructions to enroll your new dependents in Optional Dependent Life.

Note: MUST BE DONE WITHIN 60 days of marriage, or next Open Enrollment period subject of evidence of insurability.

Enroll in Flexible Spending Account for Dependent Care or Medical Expenses

Check box graphicVisit ESS and select Benefits enrollment/changes due to qualifying life event. Log in to the Benefits Enrollment System and follow the on-screen instructions to enroll in your FSA(s).

Note: MUST BE DONE WITHIN 60 days of marriage. Cannot be used for expenses incurred prior to first contribution date.

Update Retirement System Beneficiary: State/County

Check box graphicComplete MCPS Form 455-5, Designation of Beneficiary/Beneficiaries for the County and Form MSR004 for the State Retirement and Pension System of Maryland

Check box graphicSend both forms to the Employee and Retiree Service Center.

Update 403(b) and/or 457(b) Beneficiaries with Fidelity Investments

Check box graphicLog in to www.NetBenefits.com/mcps or contact Fidelity at 1-800-343-0860.

Association: (Union)

Check box graphicMCPS will automatically notify the association of any change of personal information.

Note: No action by you is required.

MCPS Identification Card

Check box graphicContact MCPS Security Office

Parking Registration

Check box graphicIf your work location requires parking stickers, contact your work location to provide change of personal information.

E-mail Name

Check box graphicContact Help Desk 301-517-5800.

Note: Name must be changed in the Shared Services Center records first. ID doesn't change, just name as it appears on mail.

Other

Check box graphicChange name on personal accounts: bank, investment, credit cards, Social Security, driver's license, voter registration, etc.