Post # 1
Hello, I live in California and I’m getting married in 5 days. On the marriage license I said my new last name would be his. Now I’m wanting to hyphenate for professional reasons.
I’m wondering if I can still legally hyphenate without getting a new revised marriage license and without going through the court system. Because we only have 5 days before we are getting married and we are booked solid and don’t have a moment to travel and take the day off work to get to where we need to go to get the marriage license again. And the court system is expensive and time consuming. Can I just legally hyphenate it anyway?
Post # 3
In my state (NOT california), this would be okay. The court assumes your new name will be your husband’s name. However, NOTHING is legal until you file with social security and get a new card. So, soon after you are married, I would FIRST go to the Social Security Office and change your name to the hyphenated one. THEN go to the MVA and change it to the hyphenated one. You can probably find this information specific to your state on the MVA and/or Social Security website!
Post # 4
Social Security asked me how I’d like my new name to be (well, I filled out a form). As long as you use your last name/ his last name as your last name (can be hyphenated or in any order), its ok. You can also change your middle name to anything, if you’d like. What the SS office has for you as your name is your legal name.
When you file your taxes BE SURE to file as the name on your new SS card! (learned it the hard way!
What’s the MVA? Is that like the DMV? If so, go to the SS office 1st & then you can work on changing your name at the other places. You’ll have to wait til you get your new SS card in the mail (should take less than 2 weeks). 🙂
Post # 5
By The Way: you won’t have to get a new marriage license. You should be fine 🙂