Post # 1
We’re having our wedding in May but for financial reasons we’re getting married on Sunday. We don’t want to ruin the wedding for our families so except for my MOH/sister no one will know we’re getting married four months earlier. Is there any instances where I have to change my name right away or can I wait on the paperwork until May? On a related note: FI picked up our marriage license paperwork yesterday and it has my new last name……gave me goosebumps 🙂
Post # 3
My friend didn’t change her name on half her bills, lol. She did get her new army ID in her new name, but that was just so she didn’t have to get a new one once she gets around to changing everything.
Post # 4
I think where I am you have a certain amount of days where it’s free to change your name, and then after that you are charged a fee, but that’s all I can really think of. It’s probably different everywhere, so I would just call your clerk of court and they can probably tell you. Other than that, I can’t think of any other reason you would have to do it now.
Post # 5
We are waiting about a month because we are leaving to Alaskan cruise the saturday after the wedding, so theres no way i would be able to change my id and everything that week because then i would need to change my passport and i cant do that before the cruise..
Post # 6
You don’t have to change it right away. It doesn’t cost anything to get a new social security card but you will probably have to pay for a new drivers license no matter when you change the name.
Are you sure that the marriage license was supposed to have your married name? Mine had my maiden name on it since I wasn’t legally my married name yet. I would check to make sure that is correct.
Post # 7
I waited months after the wedding to even start the name change process… and I’d be surprised if I actually finished it by our first anniversary. 🙂 I don’t think there’s a time limit on changing your name.
Post # 8
There’s no obligation to change your name right away. I think it’s fine to get legally married first before you change your name but as bree said, it might cost you a slight fee.
Post # 9
Nope, there’s no time limit on changing your name. I did mine about a month after the wedding only because I knew if I didn’t, I never would.
The SS card is free, and depending on what state you’re in, there’s a small fee for a new license (mind was $5 in Illinois). Everything else is free as well.
Post # 10
We just passed the 4 month mark and I still haven’t changed my name thanks to buying a house and an international trip! You can definitely wait until May to do it.
Post # 11
@Miss AsB: I’m so glad you said that. I was having a mini freak-out that maybe we did the wrong thing because our marriage license has my maiden name on it! Lol. Thanks for clarifying. (:
Post # 12
You can wait until whenever really. Sarah Michelle Gellar was married for 5 years before she changed her name (to Sarah Michelle Prinze). Read about it here.
Post # 13
From what I understand you don’t have to do it right away. My SIL still hasn’t changed her last name to ours and they got married just shy of 2yrs ago.
Post # 14
I agree with everyone – I think its fine if you wait. I’ll be waiting a while as well due to the honeymoon, visiting family, and a couple of trips we’re taking before we finally make it back home to settle into married life.
Post # 15
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not changing it right away. I prolly wont just cuz I hate going and standing lines. I’ll get to it eventually.
Post # 16
I was just looking at the paperwork for NY today, and here if you don’t change it within two years there is an extra step to take care of, but you can still do it. You can always do it.