Post # 1
I’m moving my permanent address from Michigan to DC, and need to change my last name. We got married in Michigan, and on my marriage license it said to sign my new last name, so I did, but haven’t done anything else to change it yet.
Which did/would you do first, or can I do both at the same time? I feel a bit overwhelmed and google has not been my friend this morning.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
You can do both at the same time – I moved about 2 weeks before the wedding, and they told me to just wait to get a new license with my new name and address after the wedding when I have the marriage certificate and it would actually be cheaper. Badda bing – two birds!
Post # 4
I’d do both at the same time. That way you won’t be backtracking and will know what’s been done already. I’m an encore bride and in the past I typed a general letter and sent it out to my doctor’s offices, credit card companies, membership accounts, etc. It just had on there that the following info has changed to acct# ? and to please update your records. Then I took an afternoon and ran by the dmv, bank and social security office to get that changed. I was done. Some companies may require a copy of the marriage license and if so they will probably just contact you back.
Post # 5
Really??? You guys, that would be so much easier! It seems really complicated though. Maybe I should just go into the DMV or Social Security office and ask them directly.
Post # 6
I had a friend who lived and was married in GA, then moved to SC with her husband. She changed everything at once in SC.
Another friend was married in MD, lived in DC, and moved with husband post-wedding to MD. She also changed everything at once in DC.
I was married in MI, lived in SC, and moved to another place in SC with my husband. I changed my name and address at the same time.
I’d be willing to bet you can do it all at the same time 😀
Congrats on your marriage!!!
Post # 7
I just moved from Michigan to Virginia 🙂
Dont you need to live in a place a certain number of months before you can change your license at the DMV?
Post # 8
i would change your name with social security while in michigan, then do the rest in DC
Post # 9
You’re going to get a new license anyway so it doesn’t make sense to do those things one at a time. Do them all at once and then you won’t have a name change card and you won’t have to make two trips to the DMV.
You can change your name with Social Security now though. Do that before you get a license with your new name. It’s much easier that way.
@maureen9004: No you don’t need to live in a place for any prescribed length of time before getting a license there. You only need to have the proper documentation to prove you now reside in the state. In fact, most states actually give you a time limit on getting your new license after you move. In MD, you have 3 months to switch your car over. If you wait longer, you incur penalities.
Post # 10
@maureen9004: It might vary by State; IIRC when I lived in CA it was that you had ten days of signing a lease, buying property or getting a job (if you weren’t a student) to change it or pay a fee. I think that’s probably for state tax purposes.
Post # 11
@Nado: I’m actually not in Michigan and don’t plan to go back until Christmas time, just for a few days. So I’m hoping I can do this all online or here in DC, haha.
Okay, so I start with Social Security, right? Then on to the DMV?
Post # 12
Yes, start with Social Security and then DMV.
For me, I didn’t change my name for almost a year. We were in the middle of house hunting and I wanted to have the address of our new house on my driver’s license, so I didn’t change my name until we closed on the house. Then, at the same time I was able to change my name and address. I think you shouldn’t have any trouble doing both at the same time and it will probably be a lot easier to kill two birds with one stone. 😉
Post # 13
Social Security doesn’t care what state you’re in so no worries. You can do it all from DC. Just make sure you have an official copy of your wedding certificate with a rasied seal on it. The one you were handed on your wedding day is not going to do the trick.
Post # 14
@Encore: oooh good call! I just ordered certified copies 🙂 and they’ll mail them here. That’s the one I’ll need, right?
Post # 15
If you don’t want to change your name fully first, then don’t. I went to the SSA and changed my name on my SS card but I waited for the driver’s license until after I moved since I didn’t want to pay for a license I could use for only a month. Alabama didn’t care.
Post # 16
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I have no reservations about changing my name. I really need to get my residency changed for tax reasons (don’t want to pay 2 state taxes on income now that I’m working in DC), and figure it’ll be easier to get my name changed ASAP as well so I don’t have to get my license, etc. changed AGAIN later. 🙂
I’m just intimidated by the paper trail, haha.